By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Be Forward Wanderers are on the road to the Northern Region in two tricky TNM Super League fixtures against Karonga United and Savenda Chitipa United.
The Nomads start their Northern Region tour against Karonga at Karonga Stadium this afternoon before meeting Chitipa at the same venue tomorrow.
Smarting from three consecutive defeats in all competitions, the Nomads could be looking for a quick response in the two fixtures.
Wanderers lost 0-2 on aggregate to Silver Strikers in the Airtel 8 Top Cup and were beaten 1-3 by Blue Eagles in their second game of the season in the Super League.
Karonga are not push overs especially at home when facing any team. Last season, they lost 0-1 to Wanderers but forced a goalless draw at Balaka Stadium.
In the last six games between the two sides, Wanderers have won three games, drawn twice and have lost once.
It will be a tricky week for interim Coach, Albert Mpinganjira, who lost his first game to Silver on Tuesday. He has a huge task to inspire his charges who look disjointed in the last three games.
Mpinganjira admitted that he anticipates tough encounters but said the players were ready to prove their worth.
“Every game is always tough and we expect the same in Karonga. But considering that we are coming from three losses, everybody is geared to get positive results. We are a big team and we do not deserve to struggle like that. So we will respond quickly,” he said.
Wanderers are in the relegation zone with three points from two games whereas Karonga are on position six with six points having played four games.
Karonga Coach, Dan Dzinkambani, said he believes his charges have all it takes to beat struggling Wanderers.
“Wanderers are under pressure; so we expect them to come hard on us. But we are well prepared for them as we also want maximum points,” Dzinkambani said.
In this encounter, Wanderers will keep faith in Zicco Mkanda, Francisco Madinga Jnr, Alfred Manyozo Jnr and Babatunde Adepoju whereas Karonga will bank their hopes on Gule Mwaisope, Anthony Mfune, Khumbo Msowoya and Victor Lungu.
Leaders Blue Eagles are on bye this weekend while second-placed Civil Sporting Club have a chance to overtake them as they have two crucial games in the Southern Region.
Civil face Tigers at Mulanje Park this afternoon before meeting defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets at Kamuzu Stadium tomorrow.
The Civil Servants are second on the log table with nine points, two behind Eagles.
In another match scheduled for this afternoon, Silver host Mzuni at Silver Stadium.
Action continues tomorrow with Silver and Masters Security meeting at Dedza Stadium while Dwangwa United host Mlatho Mponela at Chitowe, Kamuzu Barracks taking on Mzuni at Civo Stadium.