Age-old rivals Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets yesterday stepped up a flurry of mind games in the countdown to Saturday’s TNM Super League Blantyre derby.
The Nomads will host the People’s Team in the latest episode of the derby at Kamuzu Stadium.
Wanderers chairperson Gift Mkandawire set the tone by declaring they will end their lengthy seven-year winless run in the league.
“It’s about time. Their time in the sun ends Saturday. No more comfort zone.
“We will go down fighting to defend our position that we have occupied all this long. Our only opportunity is now, both to break the history and to create the six-point gap. This is the moment we wanted,” he said.
However, Bullets chief administration officer Albert Chigoga described the Nomads’ upbeat talk as wishful thinking.
“Neba wants to transfer his fears to us. He is already trembling.
“We cannot fear Neba. We simply respect him for temporarily keeping our rightful place. It’s time to pack up and leave us occupy our place.”
Meanwhile, Nomads flamboyant fan and former main supporters committee chairperson Yona Malunga has said he is observing a three-day fasting to ensure that his team should exorcise the ghost that has seen Wanderers fail to beat Bullets in a league match for seven years.
“Ine ndikulumbirapano, la 40 limukwanira Neba loweruka [I swear neba’s good run will be brought to an end this Saturday].
“For a while, I have also not watched the Blantyre derby due to other commitments, but this time around, I will be there,” he said.
The Nomads top the 16-team league with 44 points from 20 matches while Bullets trail them by three points on second position but with a game in hand.