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Bullets itch to break own league record

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Peter Mponda

The curtain comes down on the 2022-23 TNM Super League season as Nyasa Big Bullets will officially be crowned champions for the fourth consecutive year and a record 16th title this afternoon.

Bullets will be hoping to finish the season in style when they host Dedza Dynamos Salima Sugar at Kamuzu Stadium.

The People’s Team will aim to break their own record for maximum tally of points this afternoon.

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Heading into the final match, Bullets have 70 points from 29 matches, eight points above runners-up Blue Eagles.

If they collect maximum points against Dynamos, Bullets will surpass the record they set in 2018 by two points after they won it with 71 points.

Surely, Bullets fans clad in their red and white colours will throng the country’s soccer mecca to witness their 16 title coronation.

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It was a season to remember for the football fans as they watched the games the entire season without stoppage.

Probably, the fans forgot how Covid-19 pandemic affected football in the 2020/21 season when there were breaks and restrictions barring fans.

It was a good season for Bullets, who only lost a match having gone down to Mafco 1-0 at Dedza Stadium.

Bullets, who won the title with two matches to spare, thrashed Karonga United 4-1 in midweek fixture at Kamuzu Stadium

On the part of Dedza, they are coming from a goal-less draw against Red Lions on Wednesday.

This is the second meeting between the two sides as Bullets won 1-0 in the first fixture at Balaka Stadium this season. After the midweek match, Bullets assistant coach Peter Mponda said his charges want to finish the season on a high.

“We are not satisfied because we wanted to do more. We will do our best to win the last match so that we finish in style,” Mponda said.

Just like in a game against Karonga, Bullets Coach Kalisto Pasuwa will likely give a chance to some players.

Nevertheless, striker Babatunde Adepoju might not be rested to help him win the golden boot award. The Nigerian has 17 goals, two goals above Muhamad Sulumba of Mighty Mukuru Wanderers.

Dynamos Coach Daniel Dzinkambani is confident that his troops can hand Bullets a second defeat of the season.

“We are on a serious mission and the boys are ready for the battle,” Dzinkambani said.

Elsewhere on the last day of the season, Eagles host Mafco at Nankhaka Stadium. Eagles have 62 points from 29 matches whereas Mafco have 49 points. The soldiers can overtake Silver Strikers on position five if they win today’s match.

Mighty Mukuru Wanderers have a tricky assignment against Red Lions at Balaka Stadium this afternoon. The Nomads are assured of fourth place finish with 53 points, four behind third-placed Kamuzu Barracks.

Meanwhile, the league’s sponsors, TNM Plc, have promised more exciting activities to spice the event.

The company’s brands and communications Manager Limbani Nsapato said all was set for a grand finale.

“It will be an exciting and colourful afternoon combining football and entertainment from brand band and music from Gibo of ‘Izathera Mapenate’ fame. The TNM acting Chief Executive Officer will be on hand to crown the champions,” he said.

For winning the title, Bullets will pocket K40 million plus a trophy.

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