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Title contenders face relegation candidates

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

MAINTAINING IDENTITY—Wanderers
Peter Wadabwa (in front) during the Dwangwa match

Title contenders Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers are in action this afternoon against relegation candidates in the TNM Super League.

Bullets host TN Stars at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre whereas Wanderers are at Karonga Stadium to face Karonga United.

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These are games for teams with different missions as Bullets and Wanderers are fighting for the league title whereas Stars and Karonga are hoping to escape relegation.

The two giants are favourites on paper against the rookies but, at this stage of the season, anything can happen.

A win for Bullets over Stars would mean that they will remain with just two wins to lift the title regardless of what happens to fellow title contenders Silver Strikers and Wanderers.

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Bullets thrashed Stars 4-0 at Kasungu Stadium in the first round whereas the match involving Wanderers and Karonga ended goalless at Balaka Stadium.

The People’s Team and Kasungu-based Stars are separated by 28 points, with Bullets topping the table with 58 points from 24 games.

Stars are stuck in the relegation zone with 30 points having played 25 games.

Bullets Team Manager James Chilapondwa said his charges will approach the match with caution.

We are not underrating TN Stars. They are fighting relegation and they can do anything. We will go flat out in the hunt for full points,” Chilapondwa said.

Stars assistant Coach Monkey Chirwa said his side will take the game seriously as it fights to escape relegation.

“It will be a tough game for both sides but we will give them a good run for their money,” Chirwa, whose side has struggled in away matches in its debut season, said.

In today’s match, Bullets are pinning their hopes on leading goalscorer Chiukepo Msowoya, Nelson Kangunje, Patrick Phiri and Chimango Kaira whereas Stars have Stain Davie, China Chirwa, Ian Chinyama and Tizgobere Kumwenda.

Up North, Wanderers have a daunting task against resilient Karonga.

The Nomads are coming from a 1-1 draw against Silver last week in a game which reduced their chances of retaining the title.

The Nomads are third on the table with 46 points from 23 games whereas Karonga are on position 11 with 31 points from 27 games.

It is a match between two sides which have been rocked by internal problems as Wanderers suspended Joseph Kamwendo due to indiscipline whereas Karonga chased Coach Christopher Nyambose from training on Tuesday this week.

Action in the league continues tomorrow as struggling Masters Security face Tigers at Mulanje Park.

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