Airborne Rangers enter into the tussle against table toppers, Big Bullets, with one simple mission- to end the People’s Team unbeaten record in the TNM Super League this season.
Bullets, quite simply, are in a league of their own. They are the only unbeaten side, enjoying at the summit of the standings with 26 points from 13 games.
On paper, the Salima-based soldiers are underdogs but in reality anything is possible in a game of football.
In the reverse fixture last season, Bullets beat Airborne Rangers 3-0 at the same venue.
Speaking on Wednesday, Bullets coach, Lloyd Nkwazi, said they were treading carefully ahead of the match against Airborne.
“They have assembled a good team capable of beating any side in the league. We know that they are not walkovers and we need to be on top of our game against them,” he said.
In attack, Bullets are expected to feature veteran striker Chiukepo Msowoya, who has rediscovered his scoring boots this season.
He has already scored seven goals, just a goal behind joint current league leaders Green Harawa and Innocent Bokosi.
In an interview on Wednesday, Airborne head coach, Kondwani Gawani, said underrating his charges would be at Bullets’ own peril.
“They are under pressure to maintain their unbeaten record while we are going there with the aim of winning the match. If they underrate us, they will be shocked,” warned Gawani, whose side camped in Blantyre ahead of the match.
Airborne are on position 10 on the standings with 12 points from 12 games.
In Lilongwe, resurgent Civo United face a mammoth test when they host Kamuzu Barracks today at Civo Stadium.
The servants are hoping to continue their revival in the league after a sluggish
start this season. Civo saw their winless streak came to an end after beating rivals Silver Strikers 2-0 at their own backyard before a comfortable 3-1 victory over rookies Dedza Young Soccer.
Oscar Kaunda’s charges are fully aware that they cannot afford further slip-ups this season. They have won two consecutive games, scoring five goals and conceded a single goal in their last two games.
Kaunda said his players were looking forward to winning their remaining four games in the first round to finish on a high.
“We anticipate a tough match against KB, but the players are in shape now after two victories. We want to finish the first round on good position and the boys are determined to do so,” said Kaunda, who has only registered two wins, five losses and three draws this season.
Speaking ahead of the fixture, KB coach Temwa Msuku said his charges were geared to stop Civo revival in the league.
“Civo are always a dangerous side especially playing them at home, but we are confident that we can beat them,” said Msuku.
The soldiers (KB) are on position eight on the log table with 15 points from 10 games.
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