Domestic football giants Nyasa Big Bullets, Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers are all on the road facing stern test in the TNM Super League this afternoon.
Bullets face highflying Blue Eagles at Nankhaka Stadium in what promises to be match of the week.
The Nomads have a daunting task against Moyale Barracks at Mzuzu Stadium whereas Silver are away to Karonga United at Karonga Stadium this afternoon.
Although it is too early in the title race, the matches are tricky for all the teams.
Buoyed by three consecutive wins in the league this season, Eagles will be a hard nut to crack at home at this stage.
Probably, Eagles would like to prove that their form in the early stages of the season was not a flash in the pan.
The Eagles started the season with 1-0 victory over Mafco at Chitowe Stadium before beating rookies Rumphi United at home. They claimed a 1-0 win away to Moyale last week.
On the part of Bullets, they are also undefeated having beaten their rivals Wanderers 2-1 in the season opener at Kamuzu Stadium before a 3-1 win over Ekwendeni Hammers at the same venue.
When the two sides met at the same Nankhaka on May 22, 2021, Bullets defeated Eagles 1-0 courtesy of Precious Sambani’s goal after settling for a goal-less draw in the first round.
Probably, vengeance is on Eagles coach Elia Kananji’s mind this afternoon.
Sounding calm and composed, Kananji said Nankhaka Stadium would be a fortress this season.
“It is time for revenge. Let people underrate us at their own peril in the title race. The players are motivated and are giving 100 percent performance,” he said.
Kananji has all the players available for selection this afternoon.
In-form Brighton Munthali, who is yet to concede a goal this season, will likely start whereas Sankhani Mkandawire and Jacob Robert have formed a rock solid defence.
On a good day, captain Schumacher Kuwali, Gaddie Chirwa and John Malidadi Junior can cause plenty of problems to any team.
Bullets coach Kalisto Pasuwa is aware of Eagles’ threat.
“We are going to a difficult area and we will need to quickly adjust to the situation around,” Pasuwa, who is gunning for his fourth straight Super League title said.
The Zimbabwean also has majority of his players available for selection. Goalkeeper Rabson Chiyenda might start ahead of Richard Chimbamba.
At the back, Hadji Wali and Nixon Nyasulu will likely start, with captain Chimwemwe Idana, Babatunde Adepoju and Hassan Kajoke carrying Bullets’ hope.
Eagles lead the log table with nine points from three matches whereas Bullets are fourth with six points from two matches.
Up north, Wanderers, straight from their goal-less draw against Tigers, face another tough customer Moyale, who lost 1-0 to Eagles.
Wanderers are on position nine with four points from three matches whereas Moyale is on position 11 with three points from the same number of matches.
At Karonga Stadium, Silver will be hoping to get maximum points after a 1-1 draw against Civil Service United.
The two teams are separated by two points as Silver are on position 10 with four points whereas Karonga are 12th with two points.
In other matches, Rumphi will host Tigers at Rumphi Stadium whereas Sable Farming will meet Red Lions at Mpira Stadium.