Love them or hate them, but no one will stop Silver Strikers from making noise and turning Lilongwe into a blue capital city once they are crowned TNM Super League champions this (Sunday) afternoon.
Leading second-placed Bullets by three points and a comfortable 10-goal difference, the Bankers are almost in dreamland as they face Mighty Wanderers at Civo Stadium this afternoon.
Yes, unless a miracle happens where Bullets must beat Red Lions by a huge margin and expect Silver to lose by a similar margin to overcome the 10-goal difference.
Bullets have scored five this season against relegated Escom United, who became whipping boys towards the end of the season and that gives hope to their faithful they can score as much as needed to overturn the result.
But the maximum number of goals Silver have conceded in a league match this season is two, which gives their fans hope they cannot lose by a bigger margin to miss the title.
Whichever mathematical formula you may want to use, Silver have 99 percent chances of winning the league.
It is another interesting tale of the league as the title for the sixth time in the past seven seasons of the TNM Super League sponsorship will be decided on the last day of the season, although this time around the race is not as tight as has been the case in the past years, where a draw or a marginal loss for the leaders saw them surrendering the title.
For Silver, nothing will get better than winning a record fourth TNM Super League title, making them the most successful team in the TNM Super League era, ahead of Escom who have two TNM Super League titles whereas Wanderers have one.
The Bankers will again make history by defending the TNM Super League title for the second time. They also set a record when they became the first team to defend the title after consecutive wins in 2008 and 2009.
“We are featuring our strong squad because we want to win it in style. Top bosses from the Reserve Bank will watch this match; so, we don’t want to disappoint our sponsors. Losing or drawing can still see us win the title, but nothing beats that moment of winning the title with a positive result,” said Silver assistant coach Hellings Mwakasungula.
Bullets top fans and chairperson Malinda Chinyama might have extended their congratulations to Silver on winning the league, but coach Eddington Ng’onamo still has hope anything can happen.
“Football history has proved many people wrong in such situations and we could be part of the exceptions. Even if we lose the title, a win will do our supporters proud as they deserve a proper goodbye for giving us massive support this season.
“It will also be nice for me to win this match because it is my last game in charge of Bullets; so, it is always good to say farewell on a high note,”said the newly appointed Flames caretaker coach.