After nine weeks of action in the 2015 TNM Super League season, the country’s football powerhouses are still astute about their chances of winning the title that Big Bullets are defending.
Mighty Be Forward Wanderers currently lead the standings with 21 points from nine matches while the defending champions Bullets come second with 20 points but they have played a match more than the Nomads.
Blue Eagles are not far from the perking order as they are currently third with 17 points from nine matches.
Former champions Silver Strikers are fourth with nine points from 10 matches.
Despite leading the standings with a game in hand, the Nomads are still wary of their chances of winning the title for the first time since 2006.
“The race is still tight and open. Anyone can win the title therefore, we have to continue working hard to maintain the top position,” said Wanderers’ team manager, Steve Madeira.
Madeira added that the Nomads’ resolve would undergo a tough test in their upcoming fixtures.
The Nomads face Silver Strikers on Sunday before facing Bullets in a fortnight.
“We have tough fixtures ahead. We have to win all of them to show that we are ready to win the title. We are taking every game as it comes therefore, we are not panicking,” Madeira said.
“The most important thing is that the players must maintain
discipline. The good working relationship between the coaching panel and the players must also continue.”
Meanwhile, Bullets’ technical director, Billy Tewesa, also observed that this season’s title race was hard to call.
Bullets have recently drawn three matches against Moyale Barracks, Mzuni and Blue Eagles.
They narrowly defeated Azam Tigers 2-1 in their only win in four matches.
“These results clearly show that the league is tough. It is not easy to predict the outcome of every match. Every team is prepared to do well,” Tewesa said.
He added that his side had to work on finishing to put themselves in a good position to defend the title.
“We have been playing very well but we have not been converting our chances. That has cost us valuable points. We have to work on finishing so that we regain our top position. We should be back at the top within two weeks,” he said.
Bullets face Civo at the Kamuzu Stadium next Saturday.
Here is the full fixture list for weekend matches:
Saturday: Bullets v Civo, Epac v Airborne Rangers, Azam Tigers v Silver Strikers and Moyale Barracks v Red Lions.
Sunday: Dedza Young Soccer v Kamuzu Barracks, Mzuni v Red Lions and Mighty Be Forward Wanderers v Silver Strikers.