By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Rivals Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers renew hostilities for the third time this year when they battle for pride and honour in an Independence Day celebration match at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre this afternoon.
The two are expected to provide a rare treat to soccer-loving Malawians in the absence of the senior national team.
Both camps have promised to dish out the best befitting the occasion.
During the pre-season Nyasa Big Four bonanza, the Blantyre giants drew 1-1 before Bullets won the Charity Shield match 2-1.
Bullets Team Manager, James Chilapondwa, said there would be no soft-handedness when they meet Wanderers.
“We are happy to have been considered to take part in an Independence Day celebrations match. We promise to give out the best to entertain the nation. But, above all, we want to maintain our superiority over our rivals,” Chilapondwa said.
Of late, Bullets have been vulnerable at the back after squandering a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Savenda Chitipa United in the TNM Super League.
Bullets Coach Kallisto Pasuwa, who has received massive backing from club officials after a barrage of criticism from some supporters, is yet to get the best from his goalkeepers Rabson Chiyenda and Ernest Kakhobwe.
But youthful Peter Banda and Mike Mkwate are expected to carry the burden of lifting Bullets when the chips are down.
Wanderers Team Manager, Victor Maunde, said they could not afford to lose to Bullets.
“We want to prove that our rebuilding exercise has been successful. We are not taking this match as a mere friendly. We will work hard to give our fans double celebrations on Independence Day,” Maunde said.
Wanderers have been solid ever since assistant Coach Oscar Kaunda took charge of the team, with goalkeeper Nenani Juwaya keeping four clean sheets.
The former Masters Security trio of Babatunde Adepoju, Francis Mkonda and Vincent Nyangulu has settled down well at Lali Lubani Road and are potential match winners.