AIRTEL Top Eight champions, Silver Strikers, have vowed to avenge the 2-1 defeat they suffered at the hands of Nyasa Big Bullets on July 6 during this year’s 53rd Independence Anniversary Celebration match.
The two teams met at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe in an ill-fated match that saw a stampede causing the death of eight fans. But the mood will be different today as the giants tussle for three points in the TNM Super League match at Civo Stadium.
Both sides are coming from victorious campaigns in the Carlsberg Cup that saw them qualify for the Round of 16.
Bullets ousted fellow Super League outfit, Civil Sporting Club 2-1 while Silver Strikers thumped Southern Region Football Association League Premier Division side, Polytechnic FC, 3-1. Silver Strikers Coach, Lovemore Fazili, said his mind is on today’s crunch tie.
“Forget about the Independence Day match because that was just a friendly. Of course we have some injuries in our camp but we are working on another plan. Bullets are visiting us in Lilongwe and we are ready for them,” he said.
Bullets acting coach, Elia Kananji, said winning against Civil was a motivation to his team. “We have re-discovered our winning formula and it will not be a surprise if we win against Silver. Of course we still have some grey areas that need to be polished up. But we have a squad capable of delivering,” Kananji said.
This will be Bullets’ first game without slippery midfielder, Dalitso Sailesi, who has joined Zambian side, Lusaka Dynamos, on a fiveyear contract. In other matches today, Mafco entertain Premier Bet Wizards at Chitowe where as Moyale host Blantyre United at Mzuzu Stadium.
Be Forward Wanderers are away to Masters Security at Dedza Stadium while Blue Eagles host Azam Tigers at Nankhaka.
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