By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Rookies Ntopwa face defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets at Kamuzu Stadium whereas Silver Strikers are in action against Kamuzu Barracks (KB) at Silver Stadium.
Smarting from a 1-1 draw against Mighty Tigers at the same venue last Sunday, Bullets are hoping to collect maximum points against the rookies.
But, on the other hand, Ntopwa cannot be ruled out completely despite their poor start to life in the top, flight league.
Bullets are fifth on the log table with four points from two games whereas Ntopwa are second from bottom after playing three games.
The champions’ Team Manager, James Chilapondwa, said they were treading carefully.
“Such teams are always dangerous and we have to be very careful. We have to be on top of our game and avoid giving them too much space on the ball,” Chilapondwa said.
But Ntopwa Technical Director, Isaac Jomo Osman, said his charges would show no respect for Bullets.
“We know them very well and we have a plan to deal with them. We respect them off the pitch as a big team but we will not show them respect on the pitch,” Osman said.
The match between Silver and KB also promises to be exciting as the rivalry between the two keeps growing.
Both sides are in high spirits after winning their respective first-leg matches in the quarterfinals of the Airtel Top 8 Cup last weekend.
Silver defeated Be Forward Wanderers 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium whereas KB
beat Masters 2-1 at Civo Stadium.
Silver have four points from two games whereas KB are still searching for their first win of the season having collected two points from two games.
At Mulanje Park, second-placed Blue Eagles will have a daunting task against Mighty Tigers.
Eagles are the only side with a chance to overtake leaders Civil Sporting Club at the top of the table as they have two tricky fixtures in the Southern Region.
Civil top the table with nine points from three games followed by Eagles on seven points from the same number of games.
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