Silver Strikers and Mighty Wanderers clash this afternoon at Silver Stadium in the TNN Super League, but the match will be more of a dress rehearsal for their upcoming FDH Bank Cup semi-final.
With no love lost between the two sides, the match will give the fans a chance of what to expect when the two sides clash a week later.
But for the two sides it’s precious points at stake as Silver seek to catch up with leaders Nyasa Big Bullets while the Nomads will be eyeing to snatch the third position from Karonga United.
A win for Silver will take them to 55 points level with Bullets, who are on bye as they are engaged in CAF Champions League.
A win for fourth-placed Nomads who have 42 points, will help them leapfrog Karonga who have 44 points.
The two sides settled for a goalless draw in the first round encounter at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre in November 2020.
Silver assistant coach Mcdonald Yobe said this time they need to utilise the home advantage.
“We are playing at home this time and we will do everything possible to get maximum points,” he said.
With four games before they wrap up the season Yobe said every point counts.
“Our target is to win all the remaining games and then take it from there,” he said.
His Wanderers counterpart Albert Mpinganjira, who has been training the team in the absence of his brother Bob, who was with the Malawi national team in South Africa, said they will approach the game just like any other one.
He said: “Our approach is the same. Nothing different. We are treating it just like any other game and as usual our target is to collect maximum points in all our games.”
Meanwhile, in Mzuzu it will be a clash of soldiers as Malawi Defence Force outfits Moyale Barracks and Kamuzu Barracks meet at Mzuzu Stadium.
Interestingly, Moyale are also on Wanderers’ neck as they perch on position five with 41 points.
But KB, who have 35 points, are equally motivated as they are also trying to widen the gap between them and Mighty Tigers.
The Kau-Kau Boys have just managed to extract themselves from relegation.
But the battle is far from over for coach Trevor Kajawa and a win this afternoon will ensure they keep on moving up the ladder.