Blue Eagles head coach De Klerk Msakauona has said their triumph over Azam Tigers at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre today will build their confidence of winning the TNM Super League this season.
The Eagles mentor said Tigers proved to be a stumbling block on their mission of winning their first league title last season.
Then, Tigers prevented Eagles from finishing top in the first round with a 1-0 beating before eventually undermining their title ambitions at home with a 2-0 drubbing.
The winners of today’s match will go top on 10 points from four games. They have seven points apiece, two points behind current leaders Mafco FC.
Nevertheless, despite missing the services of their deadly duo John Banda and Micium Mhone, who are with the national team in Zambia, Msakakuona believes they will carry the day as they bank their hopes on current top-scorer John Malidadi, who has four goals.
“We know this will be a tough and an unpredictable battle. But we will treat this game as a league title-decider. We cannot continue to play second fiddle to them,” he said.
On his part, Tigers coach Gerald Phiri said they will take the game as any other.
He, however, said that with home ground advantage and his charges such as Bonda Mpinganjira and Yamikani Chester in good shape, he has nothing to worry about today’s encounter.
“I believe this will be a very exciting game. Eagles are a good side but we will not let them beat us. We will go flat-out on the attack,” Phiri said.
In another encounter today, Chitowe Stadium in Lilongwe will welcome military outfits Airbone Rangers and Kamuzu Barracks. Rangers should win the game to move from 14th on the log table where they are without a point in three games. On the other hand, KB aim to earn a second win in four outings.