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Kalisto Pasuwa

The second round of the TNM Super League rolls into life this afternoon with intriguing matches across the country.

The pick of the week will be the clashes involving TNM Super League defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets and Blue Eagles at Nankhaka Ground whereas leaders Silver Strikers host unpredictable Mafco at Silver Stadium.

Both Silver and Bullets would be hoping for a good start in the second round as they are separated by six points at the top of the log table.

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Heading into the second round, Silver lead the log table with 35 points, six above Bullets.

For Bullets, they have struggled in the last two matches in Lilongwe, having lost 1-0 to Silver after a goal-less draw against Mafco.

Coach Kalisto Pasuwa believes the players are in the right frame of mind to collect maximum points.

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“If you want to be champions you need to quickly adjust and win difficult matches. We need to change our approach,” Pasuwa said.

Last season, Bullets lost 2-1 to Eagles at the same venue. But in the first round this season, the two teams shared spoils after a goal-less draw at Kamuzu Stadium.

Eagles assistant coach Wilson Chidati anticipated a tough match, having gone six consecutive home matches without a win.

“This could be a turning point for us. The players are really motivated and eager to start the second round on a high,” he added.

In Area 47, Silver will be hoping to continue from where they left off in the first round against Mafco.

Kabwe was optimistic of a good start.

“We are starting a new chapter and things are looking good,” Kabwe said.

Silver beat the soldiers 2-1 away at Chitowe Ground.

His counterpart, Temwa Msuku, said his troops were ready for the match.

In another potentially entertaining match this afternoon, Be Forward Wanderers host Kamuzu Barracks at Kamuzu Stadium.

Both Wanderers and KB signed off the first round on a high, having collected maximum points in their respective fixtures.

Wanderers defeated Civil Service United 2-1 at Civo Stadium whereas KB beat Mafco 4-0 at the same venue.

Third-placed Civil Service United are on the road as they face fourth-placed Moyale Barracks at Mzuzu Stadium this afternoon.

Focus will also be on Ntopwa FC new coach Karen Chaula as she leads her side in two tricky assignments against Chitipa United and Karonga United this weekend.

Chaula became the first female Super League coach in the history of Malawi football. Ntopwa are on position 13 on the log table with 14 points, just one point above the relegation zone.

Super League action will continue tomorrow when surprise package of the first round Ekwendeni Hammers host Mzuzu Warriors at Mzuzu whereas Red Lions will face struggling Mighty Tigers.

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