TNM Super League debutants Ekwendeni Hammers have warned Nyasa Big Bullets to expect a tough run when the two sides meet in a league match at Mzuzu this afternoon.
The two sides are separated by goal-difference on the log table as both have 19 points with Bullets on third position from 10 matches whereas Hammers are fourth but have played 11 matches.
Hammers Coach Etison Kadenge Mwafulirwa believes his charges were in the right frame of mind ahead of this afternoon’s encounter.
“We have lost two consecutive matches but that does not mean we are a bad team. Let Bullets underrate us at their own peril,” Mwafulirwa said.
The Hammers have potential to cause a major upset in domestic football, having already beaten Silver Strikers 1-0 early this year at the same venue.
Heading into the match, Bullets have some injury concerns as they miss several stars, including striker Hassan Kajoke, goalkeepers Rabson Chiyenda, Ernest Kakhobwe and defender Miracle Gabeya.
Bullets have travelled with a 20-man squad to Mzuzu ahead of the clash.
The People’s Team Coach Kalisto Pasuwa will likely bank his hopes on striker Zicco Nkanda, attacker Misheck Selemani, midfielders Chimwemwe Idana and Chimango Kaira whereas Hammers have Harry Nyirenda, Zikani Kasambara, Clever Kaira and Omega Mhone as the team’s backbone.
In another match, Silver have a chance to reclaim the top spot if they beat fifth-placed Red Lions at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre this afternoon before facing struggling Ntopwa FC Sunday.
The Bankers are second with 22 points from 10 matches, two points behind leaders Civil Service United.
Silver Coach Daniel Kabwe was upbeat ahead of the two crucial matches.
“We are not under pressure as we are taking one game at a time. We want to make amends of our away record,” the Zambian said.
The Bankers have lost two away matches to Ekwendeni 1-0 and Civil 2-1.
On another hand, Lions lost 1-0 to Mzuzu Warriors in their recent match whereas Ntopwa have lost two consecutive matches against Civil and Mighty Wanderers with four-goal margins.