So, here we are. The last day of the season and the judgment day for rivals Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers.
The two sides are not playing each other, but the feeling is as if they are clashing in this afternoon’s fixtures.
With just a point separating them, the Nomads are playing catch-up with Bullets as they face relegated Mlatho Mponela at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
The People’s Team, on the other hand, will be at Kamuzu Stadium backyard in Blantyre where they have not lost this season, as they host TN Stars in a game many feel will be a walkover for Bullets.
TN Stars have never beaten Bullets in three matches between the two sides and for the red and white outfit diehards, it is as if they have one hand on the title.
But football is never predictable; it has its twists and turns. That is the mentality Bullets coach Callisto Pasuwa wants his players to have when they enter the field of play this afternoon.
“It’s a very important game for Bullets. It’s a game that is going to be very tough for us. It will be a long 90 minutes for us. It’s not going to be easy. It’s a make-or-break. It’s a game that will decide on whether the team will play in the lower league, simply saying: “No comment for now”.
But the outspoken businessperson told our sister newspaper The Nation a fortnight ago: “Anything can happen. We might remain in the league because we have resources to buy franchise of another team.”
On the other hand, Mlatho team manager Blessings Makanjira conceded that following their 1-2 loss to Civil Sporting Club, their survival hopes were dealt a blow.
Dwangwa United coach Ladwell Mbetewa also said relegation is a painful experience, but it was inevitable to avoid the chop with their last two games played away.