Blue Eagles return to TNM Super League action this afternoon after a three-week break with a tie against Red Lions at Nankhaka Stadium in Lilongwe.
The Malawi Police Service side was exempted from action due to Malawi National Football Team’s participation in the African Nations Championship.
Eagles also contributed several players to the police side that represented the country at the Sarpico Games in Tanzania recently.
The cops’ exemption accorded Kamuzu Barracks (KB) the opportunity to climb to second position with 43 points.
Eagles are currently third with 40 points from 19 games while KB are 3 points ahead after playing 22 matches.
During the two teams’ first round meeting, the Area 30 outfit demolished Lions 4-1 at Balaka Stadium, with Schumacher Kuwali scoring a brace while Osward Maonga and Gaddie Chirwa scored a goal each.
Royal Bokosi scored Lions’ consolation.
Eagles’ assistant coach Christopher Sibale said they want to revive their hopes of winning the league title this season.
“The performance during training has been great. It is as if we were not on a break. We know that our opponents will come hard on us but we are ready. It is important for us to collect full points and reclaim second position,” Sibale said.
Lions Coach Mike Kumanga said they were seeking revenge.
“We are fighting relegation and we know what a win would mean to our survival chances. This is a very important game to us since we are not in a safe zone. We therefore need to win this match at all cost,” Kumanga said.
The Zomba-based Malawi Defence Force side lies 11th on the table with 25 points from 23 matches.
KB are also in action against Mafco at Mponela’s Champions Stadium in Dowa District this afternoon.
Mafco are fourth with 38 points from 22 matches.
In another match, relegation-bound Rumphi United have invaded Blantyre where they take on Mighty WakaWaka Tigers at Mpira Stadium this afternoon before playing against Sable Farming at the same venue tomorrow.
In tomorrow’s action, Silver Strikers host Karonga United at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe, with Civo Service United lining up against Moyale at Champions Stadium.
TN Stars will also be home against Ekwendeni Hammers at Kasungu Stadium.