Rivals Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers have turned their focus to TNM Super League to avoid a trophy-less season.
After failing to clinch the Airtel top 8 which Lilongwe giants Silver Strikers won in June both Bullets and Wanderers were banking on Fisd Challenge Cup but they have been eliminated in the quarter finals stage.
The People’s Team lost to Silver Strikers 3-2 on post-match penalties after playing to a one-all draw at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday.
The Nomads lost to South Region Football Association premier soccer league side Hangover United 2-1 at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Friday.
With no Carlsberg cup on the football calendar this year, it means one of them will go trophy less this season.
Bullets and Wanderers are on break this week as the TNM Super League action returns to action.
However Bullets assistant coach, Peter Mponda said the break will help their players to refresh.
“The break is very important to us as we are fighting to defend the league title. We missed Airtel Top 8 Cup and Fisd Challenge Cup and now we need to concentrate on winning the league title. The break will help us to find other alternatives of keeping the winning mentality,” he said.
But Wanderers coach Oscar Kaunda indicated that during the break, he will be concentrating much on psychology and encouragement.
“We are still favourites as we have good chances of winning the league. It is a matter of planning and rectifying our problems. We did not do better in our past two games but we still have chances of doing better,” he said.
Bullets dislodged Wanderers at the summit of the TNM Super League by beating Mzuni FC 3-2 at the Kamuzu Stadium last week Sunday.
They now have 49 points from 23 matches whereas Wanderers are second with 48 points from the same number of matches.
The Lali Lubani Boys surrendered the top seat to Bullets when they lost to Blue Eagles 2-0 at the Nankhaka Stadium last week Saturday.