Who deserves the TNM Super League fourth place between Silver Strikers and Civo United? This question will be answered this weekend when the two Lilongwe teams host Azam Tigers and Kamuzu Barracks (KB) respectively in their last encounters.
Both sides are currently tied on 42 points, but Strikers are on the fourth slot, thanks to a better aggregate. However, if the Bankers lose to Tigers on Saturday and Civo win against KB tomorrow [Friday], Silver will drop to fifth.
“We are determined to maintain the fourth place after our last match and will do anything possible to achieve our goal,” said Strikers general secretary Mike Tembo.
Tembo added that the fact that they will host Tigers, who are eighth on the 15-team log-table, increases their chances of completing their fixtures with a win.
Nevertheless, his counterpart at Civo United, Rashid Ntelera, said much as they expect to beat 10th-placed KB (36 points) this Friday, they will bank on Tigers’ victory over Silver to have a realistic chance of breaking into the top-four.
“Our bid to finish on position four is two-fold; we need to triumph over KB and wait for Tigers to beat Silver Strikers. But what is important is for us to win our final match with an impressive score margin,” he said.
In other final encounters on Saturday, Big Bullets, who were declared champions last weekend following a 1-0 win over second-placed Moyale Barracks, will take on relegated Blantyre United at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre while third-placed Blue Eagles will host Moyale at Nankhaka Ground in Lilongwe.