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Kamuzu Barracks come with guns blazing

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Armed to the teeth with a caterpillar called Dave Banda, missiles that are Manase Chiyesa and Kelvin Hang’anda and an AK 47 that is Harvey Mkacha, Kamuzu Barracks (KB) storm Civo Stadium to probably finish off poor Civo United Saturday.

There will certainly be no hiding place for the second-from bottom Civo as second-placed KB bombard the Lilongwe stadium determined to take their latest turn at the top of the TNM Super League table.

Blue Eagles currently lead the table with 51 points from 27 games and KB, who have 49 points from 26 games, can bounce back to the top.

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If the championship race is fast turning into a see-saw kind of affair, down the table the picture is that of depression for Civo.

The civil servants are hopeless, clueless and winless in the second round since Coach Charles Manda took over the reign following the sacking of Millias Pofera.

“We have a big mountain to climb now. We are failing to score and defend. Any way, we will fight until the end,” Manda told The Daily Times on Wednesday after a 1-0 loss to Blue Eagles.

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Not that Civo are badly stripped off quality in their ranks but such are the pangs of defeats, the likes of experienced attacker Nelson Kangunje, wing-back Richard Chande, midfield anchor Dan Msimuko and promising striker Raphael Phiri are suffering from a crisis of confidence.

In contrast the sights and sounds from the barracks are all good as everything for Coach Billy Phambala is falling in place.

KB are chasing a double as they also meet Be Forward Wanderers on December 10. In contest, Civo appear to be chasing mere wind of hope.

Civo should hope to stay in today’s contest for as long as they can, otherwise when Banda breaks attacks and sprays the passes wide to either Komani Msiska or overlapping wing-back Diouf Simaone, opposing teams are usually stretched and breached.

And either Chiyesa or Hang’anda does the rest to perfection.

Such is the gulf in class KB are 28 points ahead of Civo, who are a pale imitation of the naughty side that could brush aside the likes of Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers to, last year, win the now defunct Standard Bank Knock-Out Trophy.

Winless in the second round, Civo appear to have raised the white flag with relegation to the Premier Division inevitable.

Quite sad for a team that belong to an exclusive club of teams, including Nyasa Big Bullets, Silver Strikers and Be Forward Wanderers and defunct Escom United, to have won the Super League championship since its inception in 1986.

In other games, Silver Strikers face a stern test when welcoming in-form Red Lions at Silver Stadium whereas at Kamuzu Stadium the stage has been set for masters of possession-based football as Azam Tigers clash with Wizards.

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