Malawi football great, Kinnah Phiri, is on the horns of dilemma going into Saturday’s TNM Super League match between Big Bullets and Mzuni at Kamuzu Stadium.
Having exiled himself in Mzuzu since his return from South Africa, Kinnah will be happy to step on turf where he authored his football success story with Bullets.
But the dilemma is that he will be in charge of Mzuni as their technical advisor.
“I am still a Bullets trustee, so maybe I will be neutral like a father to both teams. I will not celebrate when either side scores. It is a difficult one for me,” said Kinnah who returned home months ago after being sacked by Free State Stars.
Such is his impact, Mzuni have won four games on the bounce to successfully move to within a point of escaping relegation on 29 points from 25 games while lying 11th on the table.
It is on this basis that Mzuni will be yearning for nothing short of maximum points to ensure they climb to the safety zone. You cannot envy being in Kinnah’s shoes.
“I do not think Bullets will feel betrayed if Mzuni win. After all, Bullets already sealed the championship. If anything they are just building for next season,” Kinnah said of the defending champions, who are 10 points clear on unsurpassable 57 points.
Bullets technical advisor, Billy Tewesa, is clear about the mission at hand. Bullets are smarting froma3-0losstoBlueEagles, and winning is non-negotiable on Saturday.
“After all, when we travelled to Mzuzuforagamethatended1-1, Mzuni gave us a hostile reception. It is now our turn to make them appreciate that we are at home. The matter is clear, Kinnah will be on the opposition side,” Tewesa insisted.
Bullets will demand the best from key striker Chiukepo Msowoya and sniper, Jaffalie Chande, where as Pilirani Mdhluli will be the man to watch for Mzuni.
Mzuni seem to have done enough to become the first newly-promoted team from the Northern Region Premier Division to, for the first time in over five years, survive in the Super League.
Down the table, Epac dropped to second from the bottom on 24 points from 26 games, one point behind Airborne Rangers.
The Salima-based soldiers, Rangers did not do their survival prospects any justice as they got hammered 3-0 by Red Lions on Saturday.
Dedza Young Soccer’s survival also hangs by a thread after back-to-back defeats, the latest being at home against Be Forward Wanderers. Dedza have 26 points from 26 games.
Perhaps, the most precarious position is on bottom-placed Fisd Wizards, who with three games remaining including against Wanderers (Sunday) and Bullets, now must pray for more misery of the other relegation-threatened teams.
Wizards’ relegation fears were further deepened following a 1-0 loss to Azam Tigers at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday.
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