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Silver Strikers, Red Lions eye top spot

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The battle for TNM Super League top spot takes an intriguing twist this afternoon with two mouthwatering fixtures.

Silver Strikers will welcome revamped Moyale Barracks at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe whereas Red Lions face Kamuzu Barracks at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre.

The Bankers are third on the log table having defeated Mafco 2-1 last weekend in an away mission.

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Young Chimodzi Jnr is expected to captain the youthful Bankers squad with the likes defender Hadji Wali, midfielders Chikondi Kamanga and Levison Maganizo and striker Stain Davie forming the spine of the team.

Silver Assistant Coach Macdonald Mtetemela said they will treat the match as a cup final having prepared thoroughly.

“We need to score quick goals to unsettle them. We are playing against the soldiers and we know it will be a physical game. This is a must win game if we are to go top,” said the former Flames defender.

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But Moyale are breathing new lease of life following the arrival of coach Nicholas Mhango who replaced Collins Nkuna.

Last week, Moyale registered their first win of the season after narrowly defeating Blue Eagles 1-0.

Mhango said beating Silver at their backyard would further inspire the side to continue with its turnaround.

“We need to win at all cost. We are not safe on the table and I have told my boys to fight as soldiers,” he said.

The Lions of Kaning’ina have five points from seven games and are on position 14.

Moyale’s veteran striker Gastin Simkonda, Crispin Fukizi and Brown Magaga are notable faces that can cause trouble if overlooked.

At Mpira Stadium, Lions could replace Civil Service United at the top if they beat their brothers in arms, KB.

Both Lions and Civil have 14 points but the Zomba based Lions lie second due to inferior goal difference despite playing one more game ahead of the leaders.

Another interesting fixture is at Kamuzu Stadium where Be Forward Wanderers entertain tough as a teak Karonga United.

Wanderers return to the venue where their last outing ended in disappointment having lost to Mafco 1-0 before being grilled by their supporters.

Nomads Assistant Coach Oscar Kaunda said his charges were aware of the importance of the match but confessed Karonga were equally tough.

“We did not do well in our previous match against Mafco. We have recovered and we will do everything possible to win at home,” he said.

Karonga United Coach Dan Dzinkambani was hopeful of getting a positive result.

“We are in Blantyre to win matches. We are not only focusing on Wanderers but all our assignments are crucial,” he said.

Karonga are ninth with eight points while Nomads lie on position 10 with six points.

In other games Mzuzu Warriors will date Ekwendeni Hammers at Mzuzu Stadium while Blue Eagles will entertain Chitipa at Nankhaka.

Super League action will continue tomorrow with TN Stars facing Chitipa at Kasungu while champions Nyasa Big Bullets will welcome Kamuzu Barracks at Kamuzu Stadium.

Civil Service will play Moyale at Civo stadium.

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