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Big Bullets, Nomads on away mission

TNM Super League action continues this afternoon as leaders Be Forward Wanderers and their arch-rivals, Nyasa Big Bullets, are in Lilongwe to fulfil their assignments.

The Nomads, who are seeking to end their 11-year Super League title drought, play unpredictable Civil Sporting Club at Civo Stadium this afternoon before travelling to Dedza tomorrow for a meeting with Masters Security FC.

Leading the log table with 19 points from seven matches, the Nomads have set themselves a target of 35 points from the possible 45 points of the first round.

Wanderers Team Manager, Steve Madeira, said the assignments in the Central Region were a litmus test to their championship dream.

He said their technical panel agreed to maintain a 10- game unbeaten run from this weekend.

“We are on a mission to collect maximum points. We know that Civil will come flat out to break our unbeaten record. We don’t want to miss the championship this season, hence we have set a target of 35 points in the first round,” Madeira said.

Nomads’ major setback is that striker Precious Msosa will be out for two weeks due to injury, joining on the injury list other forwards Peter Wadabwa, Ishmael Thindwa and Amos Belo.

Civil Coach, Franco Ndawa, said his charges, who lost 2-1 to Big Bullets on Wednesday in a Carlsberg Cup match, are ready to face his former club.

“We are meeting a good side this afternoon and it will not be a walkover for us. We are stuck on position 11 with 11 points from nine matches and this is not healthy for us. The team still lacks coordination as we have players from Epac FC and Civo United. However, this should not be an excuse. We need to win the game,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bullets are gunning for their fourth consecutive win under assistant Coach, Elia Kananji, as they face Silver strikers tomorrow at Civo.

Without their playmaker Dalitso Sailesi, who has signed for Lusaka Dynamos in Zambia, Bullets can fall back on Nelson Kangunje, who scored a brace on Wednesday when they beat Civil.

But Kananji said he is not carried away with the midweek win.

“We beat them on Independence Day and we know they will come for revenge, but we are ready to play against them,” he said.

His counterpart, Lovemore Fazili, said they were determined to preserve their unbeaten league run.

Silver are at position nine with11 points from seven games.

“This is our eighth game in the league and playing against Bullets is always tough for us. We booted them out of the Airtel Top 8 Cup and they beat us on Independence Day. This really shows that it will be a tough game, but we cannot lose again to them in 10 days,” he said.

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