Second-placed Blue Eagles FC and Wizards FC lock horns Wednesday at Nankhaka Stadium in a match that will decide the cops’ destiny in the TNM Super League first round.
Separated by goal difference with leaders, Silver Strikers, on 29 points from 14 games, Eagles need just a draw to be confirmed as first round winners.
The Central Bankers finished the first round with a 3-0 whacking by Mafco over the weekend.
First round winners pocket K250,000. In a previous encounter between the two sides, Wizards FC beat Eagles 2-1 at MDC Stadium to dump them out of the Carlsberg Cup.
Perhaps, the Eagles might be seeking revenge against the Peter Mponda side.
Eagles assistant coach, Wilson Chidati, said his boys were fired up ahead of the encounter.
“It was painful losing to Wizards because they only had three shots on target and scored two goals. We missed a lot of scoring opportunities, so this game is a must-win for us. The boys are ready considering that a win will take us back to the summit,” said Chidati, whose side has received a huge boost following the return of Elia Kabingu and Dan Phiri from injury.
Head coach Derklerk Msakakuona will also be in the dug-out for the first time since returning from Mauritius with the Junior Flames where they won bronze.
Mponda was optimistic of repeating the feat against Eagles.
“It will be a tough encounter but we will play our usual football to collect maximum points and entertain the crowd,” he said.
Wizards are in the danger of dropping to the second-tier league next season as they are a point away from the drop zone with 12 points from 13 games.
Max Bullets anchor the log table with seven points, followed by Dwangwa United and Karonga United on 10 and 11 points, respectively.
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