TNM Super League leaders Silver Strikers have admitted that they need to be at their best to stop defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets in a top-of-the-table clash at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe tomorrow.
Silver are at the summit of the log table with 32 points from 14 matches whereas Bullets are second with 26 points after playing a match less.
The People’s Team will be looking forward to winning the match and reducing the gap to three points.
Bullets have a chance to catch up with the Central Bankers if they win their last match of the first round.
Tomorrow’s match is the last for Silver in the first round and victory will guarantee them a top-place finish.
Silver Assistant Coach MacDonald Mtetemera said they needed to be strong against Bullets if were to maintain their lead up to the end of the first round.
“There is always pressure when facing a team of Bullets’ stature. We are fully aware of the fact that Bullets can overtake us should they win their last two games. We can’t ignore the pressure that comes when facing Bullets because they are a good side.
“Playing Bullets is definitely a challenge. We know they want the league title as much as we do. So we are preparing well knowing fully well that they are also a beatable side,” Mtetemela said.
His Bullets counterpart Peter Mponda said they would not treat Silver as any other team in the league as they need a win to revive their dream of successfully defending the league title.
Mponda said they would enter the field of play knowing pretty well that Silver are tough playing at home.
“It will be a tough game. Silver are a very good team with a lot of quality. Every member of our squad is aware that the only way to be on top is to beat Silver,” Mponda said.
The two teams are coming from a weekend of frustrations after collecting a point each in their respective matches.
Silver were held to a goalless draw by struggling Mighty Tigers while Bullets came from behind to force a 1-1 stalemate against bitter rivals Be Forward Wanderers in an ill-fated Blantyre derby.