Mighty Mukuru Wanderers and Silver Strikers are behind in the TNM Super League title race and this afternoon, they will be in action against their bogey opponents.
The Nomads have a tricky match against Mafco at Chitowe Stadium this afternoon whereas Silver face Mighty Wakawaka Tigers at Mpira Stadium.
Honestly, Mafco are rapidly becoming Wanderers’ bogey team in the league as the soldiers dominated the fixture last season.
In the first round, Mafco beat Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium before a goal-less draw at Chitowe Stadium in the second round.
Probably, the Nomads would be seeking revenge against the Salima-based soldiers, who are always a hard nut to crack especially at Chitowe Stadium.
Both Mafco and Wanderers desperately need points in this afternoon’s fixture. The Nomads are coming from a 1-1 draw against Blue Eagles at Kamuzu Stadium whereas Mafco defeated Dedza Dynamos 2-0 last week.
Destiny is in Wanderers hands to remain in title race as they trail leaders Nyasa Big Bullets by 12 points and a game in hand.
Wanderers are third with 23 points from 12 matches whereas Mafco are on position five with 18 points and are fighting for a top eight finish in the first round.
Nomads assistant coach Joseph Kamwendo said the players are geared for the match.
“We are expecting a tough encounter against Mafco. We are taking the remaining three matches seriously and our aim is to climb up the log table,’’ Kamwendo said.
On his part, Mafco coach Stereo Gondwe said his troops are in high spirits ahead of the match.
“We want to get three points. We know that Wanderers will come hard on us but we are prepared for them,’’ he said.
Another encounter to be a tough battle will be at Chiwembe when Tigers host Silver.
The Kaukau Boys have been Silvers’ bogey team for a long time.
Silver interim coach Macdonald Yobe admitted last week that pressure was mounting on his troops.
“We have to work hard and keep on fighting,” Yobe said after a goal-less draw with Moyale Barracks at Silver Stadium.
Tigers Coach Trevor Kajawa said the 5-0 defeat to Bullets was water under the bridge.
“Our focus is to get maximum points in the last match against Silver. We know this is possible and we will do it,” Kajawa said.
Elsewhere, second-placed Blue Eagles will be in action against Ekwendeni Hammers at Nankhaka Stadium whereas Moyale Barracks will face brothers-in-arms Red Lions at Mzuzu Stadium.
The Eagles will be hoping to return to winning ways having gone four consecutive matches without a win.
They have 29 points from 13 matches, six points behind Bullets, who will face Kamuzu Barracks at Civo Stadium on Sunday. Hammers have been inconsistent this season and are on position 13 with 12 points from 12 matches, just two points above the relegation zone.