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2 games for Nyasa Big Bullets to wrap up title

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Nyasa Big Bullets just need to win two more games to be assured of lifting the TNM Super League title for an unprecedented 16th time.

Bullets got themselves within sniffing distance of the coveted crown with a 5-1 thrashing of strugglers Sable Farming at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Wednesday.

The result took the defending champions to an unassailable 61 points from 25 games, 10 points ahead of second-placed Kamuzu Barracks (KB) who have played a match more.

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The People’s Team could have already lifted the title with several games to spare had it not been for three consecutive draws against Blue Eagles, Silver Strikers and Civil Service United.

The runaway league leaders have the advantage in the title chase as most of the statistics are in their favour.

They currently have the highest maximum point count of all teams in the 16-member league with 76, followed by Blue Eagles and Mighty Mukuru Wanderers, who are tied at 65.

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Bullets also have the highest goal difference of 41 after scoring 58 goals against 17. They are, by far, the league’s current top scorers followed by Wanderers, who have netted 45.

Mathematically, Bullets could also lift the title with one win and a draw. Additionally, any losses or draws by Eagles or Wanderers would increase Bullets’ chances of grabbing the championship even without kicking the ball.

The defending champions’ assistant coach Peter Mponda said their approach to the remaining five games will be keeping possession.

“We have our style of winning matches and we will maintain it. We believe in getting results through keeping possession. We cannot change things at this stage just because we are leading,” Mponda said.

Eagles coach Eliya Kananji said it was unfortunate that they had surrendered second position to KB after going down 1-0 on Wednesday at Champion Stadium in Mponela, Dowa District.

“Winning matches is all about taking your chances. We created several scoring opportunities but failed to make use of them. Our opponents made use of the chance they had to collect full points. But that is part of football and we just have to prepare for our remaining matches,” Kananji said.

Action continues tomorrow with Karonga United hosting Wanderers at Karonga Stadium while Mafco and Sable clash at Chitowe in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota District.

Three matches are on the menu on Sunday with Eagles hosting Dedza at Nankhaka while Silver Strikers are away to Moyale at Mzuzu Stadium.

TN Stars and Sable will lock horns in a bottom-of-the-table battle at Kasungu Stadium.

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