Silver Strikers will be hoping to return to the summit of the TNM Super League table as they face unpredictable Chitipa United and Karonga United at Karonga Stadium this afternoon and tomorrow respectively.
The Central Bankers, who lie second with 40 points, cannot afford any slip ups if they are to dislodge reigning champions Nyasa Big Bullets, who are two points ahead.
The People’s Team rose to the top after a 3-0 victory over Ntopwa in a mid-week fixture.
It’s going to be a tricky trip to the North for Silver considering that no team has this far returned from Karonga with maximum points after playing the two teams.
Silver have not won in three matches. They last collected maximum points last month against Mafco who they beat 3-2.
But the Central Bankers assistant coach McDonald Mtetemera said they have rectified their shortfalls.
He said: “We have a winning team. Some of the guys who were not available due to injuries and illness are back.
“We need to get six points at all cost. We know it will be tough, but we are confident.”
Silver are expected to welcome back the league’s leading scorer Maxwell Gasten Phodo who missed the last two matches due to an illness.
As Silver will be taking on Chitipa, leaders Bullets will be at Civo Stadium taking on Civil Service United in a match that promises fireworks.
Bullets ended the Civil Servants’ unbeaten record in the first round.
The People’s Team head coach Callisto Pasuwa said it would be suicidal to drop points in this match.
He said: “We are chasing the title and we cannot afford to drop points.”
Bullets also have to be wary of their rivals Wanderers who appear to have engaged an extra gear.
The Nomads, who beat Red Lions 2-0, to move third with 36 points, will host Mzuzu Warriors at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Six points separate the Nomads from Silver, and eight from leaders Bullets.
Coach Bob Mpinganjira said they will push on to narrow the gap and pile pressure on the two top teams.
“We have come very far. We were on position 12 at one point. We will continue pushing to compete for the title,” he said.