By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
After about four months of action, the first round of the TNM Super League comes to an end this weekend with some crunching ties.
There are five matches lined up in the final week of the first round, with other teams having already gone for recess after wrapping up their assignments.
TNM Super League defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets are on the road to the Central Region against struggling Dwangwa United at Chitowe Stadium.
Lying sixth on the log table, Bullets can reduce the gap with leaders Be Forward Wanderers who face Moyale at Kamuzu Stadium Sunday in the last game of the first round.
A win for Bullets would also push them to position two on the log table, at par with Kamuzu Barracks on points but with a better goal difference of eight against the soldiers’ six.
However, a draw or a loss would reduce Bullets’ title chances heading into the second round.
Bullets Coach Kallisto Pasuwa said his charges would tread carefully against the lakeshore side.
“We regrouped on Monday after our Caf Champions League match against FC Platinum and we are ready for Dwangwa,” Pasuwa said.
Wanderers are guaranteed a top finish in the first round and will be hoping to finish on a high against Moyale to enhance their chances of reclaiming the league title they last won in 2017.
Nomads assistant Coach, Oscar Kaunda, believes his charges are in the right frame of mind ahead of the match.
“We are taking each game seriously so that we get maximum points. The first round was very tough and we expect the second round to be tougher because all teams would be looking forward to cementing their positions,” Kaunda said.
Football analyst and coach, Thom Mkolongo, described the first round as very competitive.
“We saw teams like TN Stars doing well against the giants. Competition was very stiff and it was anybody’s game. Nobody expected Wanderers to finish on top after they started on a low note. We should expect to watch exciting football in the second round,” he said.
Wanderers and Bullets are expected to finish the first round as the highest scoring teams having scored 31 goals each while conceding six and eight goals, respectively.
Fourth-placed Blue Eagles are the third highest scorers with 25 goals against 19.
Dwangwa have the weakest defence in the league after letting in 28 goals while scoring 12, followed by Mlatho Mponela who have conceded 25.
Karonga United and Masters Security have let in 23 and 22 goals, respectively.
In another match scheduled for today, Ntopwa host Moyale at Kamuzu Stadium.
There are two other games on the menu tomorrow with Civil Sporting Club hosting Masters Security at Civo Stadium whereas second-placed Kamuzu Barracks are in action against Mzuni at Kasungu Stadium.
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