TNM plc, sponsors of the TNM Super League, have stepped up the hype ahead of Sunday’s title deciders by arranging two trophies in Blantyre and Lilongwe.
Reigning champions Nyasa Big Bullets, who lead the 16-team league, with 67 points, host Kasungu-based TN Stars at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre while second-placed Be Forward Wanderers, who trail Bullets by a point, will take on Mlatho Mponela at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
TNM brand and communications manager Limbani Nsapato said considering the tight race, it is only proper that they have trophies at both venues.
“As it stands now, the title is still wide open and it can go either way, so we cannot take chances.
“Whatever we have planned for Blantyre, we will replicate in Lilongwe,” he said.
Meanwhile, Be Forward Wanderers have said they have not thrown in the towel on the prospects of snatching the title from their age-old rivals.
Nomads team manager Victor Maunde and captain Alfred Manyozo Jnr said they will fight every inch of the way.
Said Manyozo: “We haven’t given up hope yet. If Bullets are to win it, then it should be after the final whistle.
“So, for now, we take it that we are down, but not out and anything can happen even though the tips are tipped in their [Bullets] favour.”
He also said following a fruitful meeting they had with the team’s management over their outstanding dues, the players have withdrawn their intention to boycott the match.
“We had a fruitful meeting with management where an understanding was reached and for the love of the team, it was resolved that we should go and play,” he said.
Bullets assistant coach Peter Mponda also said they are not in the comfort zone yet. “Of course, it is ours to lose, but we have to finish the battle on Sunday. We cannot afford to sit on our laurels and think that it will be that easy,” he said.