Fresh from their sweet 4-1 victory over Kamuzu Barracks last Sunday, Nyasa Big Bullets face another daunting task against another military side, Moyale Barracks, at Mzuzu Stadium on Saturday.
Moyale and Bullets opened the TNM Super League first round with a goal-less draw at Kamuzu Stadium.
However, Bullets defeated the Mzuzu-based soldiers on post-match penalties to clinch the Presidential Cup after the final had ended one-all in Lilongwe.
Moyale coach, Collins Nkuna, sounded optimistic that his charges can exact revenge on the league defending champions.
“Football is difficult to predict, playing at home does not guarantee us a win, but we hope to use the advantage to beat Bullets,” he said.
The soldiers have their ammunition, including Khuda Muyaba, Gastin Simkonda and Lovemore Mitengo. However, the Lions Kaning’ina will miss the services of defending midfielder Chrispin Fukizi who is reportedly down with malaria.
Bullets, who are third on the log table with 31 points from 17 games, will bank on strikers Chiukepo Msowoya, Muhammad Sulumba and holding midfielder Kondwani Kumwenda.
The Peoples’ Team’s Manager, Rahim Ishmael, admitted that they will face a tough side. Moyale, who are on position six with 28 points, are stubborn at home.
“Every team that is in the top-six of the league deserves the league title, so facing Moyale is not easy. We are a bit relieved because our goalkeeper, Chimwemwe Kumkwawa, is back [from suspension]. Of course, we have other injuries,” Ishmael said.
Moyale opened the second round with a 0-1 loss to Azam Tigers before drawing 1-1 against Mzuni FC in Mzuzu, whereas Bullets defeated Premier Bet Wizards 2-0.
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