Big Bullets, Wanderers in tough battles
TNM Super League title contenders Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers have daunting tasks when facing tricky opponents this afternoon.
Leaders Bullets are on the road to face Mighty Tigers at Mulanje Park whereas second-placed Wanderers host Chitipa United at Kamuzu Stadium.
Both Bullets and Wanderers are desperate for maximum points as the title race is fast approaching the climax.
Any slip up for either Bullets or Wanderers in today’s game would have an impact on the title race. With seven games to wind up the season, Bullets and Wanderers might be looking for maximum points in the remaining matches but it would not be a stroll in the park.
Bullets are on top of the log table with 49 points from 23 matches, just one point above Wanderers from the same number of games. Tigers are on position eight on the log table with 35 points from 25 matches.
Bullets coach, Kallisto Pasuwa, said his charges would not underrate the Kau-Kau boys.
“In the first game we played them it was very difficult for us and we were second on the ball. In bad pitches, we need to close our opponents and if we are leading we do not need to be smart all the time but get maximum points. We are also focusing on our matches not on our opponents matches,” Pasuwa said whose side is looking to defend the league.
But Tigers technical director, Robin Alufandika, fired warning shots to Bullets ahead of the encounter.
“They are coming in a no go zone area and they will sink. We are ready for them and we will make them suffer,” Alufandika said.
In today’s match, BB will be without Mac Fallen Ngwira, John Lanjesi, Precious Sambani and Pilirani Zonda but the rest of the players would be available for selection.
Bullets and Tigers drew 1-1 at Kamuzu Stadium in the first round.
At Kamuzu Stadium, Wanderers would be looking to bounce back from two consecutive defeats in all competitions.
The Nomads lost 2-0 to Blue Eagles to surrender top spot in the league and also failed to defend Fisd Challenge Cup after a 2-1 loss to Hangover FC.
But assistant coach, Oscar Kaunda, said this week that his charges have rectified the mistakes.
“The break gave us time to work on the mistakes and we are confident that we will return to winning ways,” Kaunda said.
Chitipa coach Alex Ngwira was upbeat ahead of the match. “We expect to have an exciting match and we have some hopes that we might get something against Wanderers,” Ngwira said.
In the first leg, Wanderers and Chitipa shared the spoils after a goal-less draw at Karonga Stadium. In other games, TN Stars will host Mzuni FC at Kasungu Stadium whereas Moyale Barracks will meet Masters Security FC AT Mzuzu Stadium.