Nyasa Big Bullets’ captain, Chiukepo Msowoya, has cautioned his fellow players against dropping the guard when rolling up their sleeves against slippery Premier Bet Wizards today.
Scheduled for Kamuzu Stadium, it will be both teams’ opening game for the TNM Super League second round, which has the championship and survival against relegation at stake.
“This will, no doubt, not be a stroll in the park. These guys gave us a good run for our money in the first round when we drew 1-1. We cannot take them for granted. It will be a tough encounter and we also need to be at our best,” Msowoya said yesterday.
The burly striker has nine league goals, two shy of joint leading scorers, Peter Wadabwa of Be Forward Wanderers and Mafco’s Richard Mbulu.
With Wizards boasting former Bullets men such as assistant coaches Fundi Akidu, MacDonald Yobe and Technical Director, Peter Mponda, the Peoples’ Team have always found the minnows too hot to handle like potatoes.
Msowoya, who has a double mission to retain his Golden Boot Award while also ensuring that Bullets, who are sixth on 25 points, retain the championship.
Msowoya is expected to lead the attack whereas Muhammad Sulumba, who has just returned from South Africa where he was on the verge of signing for Polokwane City, is a doubt for today’s encounter. Kondwani Kumwenda is expected to get a run in midfield.
Wizards, who boast slippery attackers such as Jimmy Chikulekule and Peter Msowoya, are placed 14th with 12 points, 21 points behind leaders Blue Eagles.
Today’s game will certainly be about attacking football with the team boasting a lion’s share of possession likely to get the maximum points.
Mponda told MBC’s Radio 2 FM yesterday that his charges were, despite not being reinforced with big name signings, determined to gain ground in the second round. Wizards survived relegation through controversial play-offs last season.
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