Silver Strikers hope to recover from the confusion that engulfed them recently when they face Mighty Tigers in the TNM Super League at Mpira Stadium in Chiwembe Township, Blantyre this afternoon.
A win could see the Central Bankers return to the summit of the top-flight league.
They are currently second with 46 points from 23 matches, two points adrift of leaders Nyasa Big Bullets, who are taking part in the Cecafa Kagame in Tanzania.
Silver were thrown in turmoil last week when they sacked their Zambian head coach Dan Kabwe and his backroom staff, only to rescind their decision 24 hours later.
The going has been tough for the Area 47-based side who have won only three out of eight matches in the second round and they will be hoping to breathe a new lease of life into their campaign against the Kau Kau Boys who held them to a goalless draw in the first round.
It will be crucial for the Central Bankers to bag full points this afternoon as a slip could prove fatal because Bullets will have two games in hand.
Kabwe and his assistant McDonald Yobe could not be reached for comment while Tigers technical director Robin ‘Abambo’ Alufandika said they are aiming at getting out of the relegation zone.
“The league has reached a crucial stage whereby we cannot afford to continue dropping points.
“We know Silver will be out to collect full points because they are desperate to revive their title chase, but we will not give them that chance,” he said.
Tigers are 14th in the 16 team league with 22 points from 24 matches.
Silver will look up to the league’s leading scorer Maxwell Gastein Phodo aided by Stain Davie while Kondwani Chilembwe and Patrick Makina carry Tigers’ hopes.
In another crucial match, third-placed Mighty Wanderers host Civil Service (Civo) United at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
After a poor start to the season, the Nomads, led by striker Vincent Nyangulu appear to have reorganised themselves and are enjoying a rich vein of form.
They have 38 points from 22 matches while Civo are fifth with 35 points from 23 matches.