The windy and bumpy road to the TNM Super League championship reaches its logical end this afternoon with decisive matches that would produce a champion between either surprise favourites, Kamuzu Barracks (KB) or defending champions, Nyasa Big Bullets.
KB date Dwangwa United at Chitowe Ground whereas Bullets host Blue Eagles at Kamuzu Stadium. The 30th edition of the league winds up today.
KB need just to match a result for Bullets to win the championship. If KB lose and Bullets draw, the People’s Team will retain the title on goal-aggregate as they have +25 goal-aggregate compared to +23 for KB. A win or a draw for both will see KB crowned champions.
KB, seeking to write history as the first-ever Malawi Defence Force team to win the league championship since 1986, hold a slender one-point advantage over Bullets marching into today’s battles.
Bullets, who are grappling with off-the-field problems that led to the axing of some technical panel members during the week, need a win by hook or crook.
After a 3-0 loss to rivals Be Forward Wanderers on Monday was followed by the dismissal of goalkeepers’ coach Swadick Sanudi, Team Manager, Rahim Ishmael and assistant Coach Mabvuto Lungu, Bullets cannot afford any slip-up.
Bullets’ Captain Chiukepo Msowoya and veteran winger, Fischer Kondowe, have a job to lift up the spirits of the disgruntled squad against an experienced Eagles side, whose potential match winners are Maxwell Salambula and Victor Nyirenda.
The record 13-time league winners, who are unbeaten in the league at home, need the favour of Dwangwa to frustrate KB into any result other than a win.
Eagles have a top-four place to fight for whereas for Dwangwa, it is all about playing for pride.
Nonetheless, Dwangwa Coach Macdonald Mtetemera has said, having lost 1-5 to KB in the first round in Lilongwe, his charges will be on a revenge mission this afternoon.
“I am always at pains when I am reminded of that defeat because it was the only game we lost with a big margin. KB should know that time has come to pay for that humiliating defeat,” Mtetemera said.
“A win in this game is a must so that we can bring joy to our supporters. Besides, the players also get bonuses for a win and they have promised to win this game so that they get something to celebrate with their families in this festive season.”
Talented midfielder Cuthbert Sinetre and more importantly set-piece expert Jack Chiona are the ones KB must watch out.
KB’s Team Manager, Francis Shaba, said they will play their normal game.
“If Dwangwa say they want to revenge, then the pressure is on them to score over five goals to achieve their mission. We are not panicking. We will play our usual game,” said Shaba who hinted that his team will arrive in Dwangwa on the match day through a helicopter.
Manase Chiyesa, Harvey Nkacha and Dave Banda are the men that can lead KB to the Promised Land and with it rewrite domestic football history.—Additional reporting by Isaac Salima, a correspondent
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