Struggling Silver Strikers and Mighty Wanderers will be eager to put their woes behind as they clash in a TNM Super League match at Silver Stadium this afternoon.
Both teams have made slow start to the 2022/23 season having lost two matches each in the opening six games.
Silver are coming from a 1-0 loss to current leaders Blue Eagles whereas the Nomads lost 2-1 to Kamuzu Barracks at Kamuzu Stadium.
Probably, this afternoon’s encounter provides the two teams with a perfect opportunity to turn their season and be counted as title contenders.
Regardless of the two teams’ form, the match between Silver and Wanderers will always be a big occasion.
When the two sides met at the same venue last season, Wanderers dented Silver’s title hopes after beating them 1-0, courtesy of Vincent Nyangulu’s goal.
However, a week later Silver thrashed Wanderers 3-0 in the FDH Bank Cup semifinal at Bingu National Stadium.
The two giants are heading into the match separated by two points with Wanderers on position five from six matches whereas Silver are on position 10 with eight points from the same number of matches.
Silver Assistant Coach Macdonald Yobe, after defeat to Eagles, said they were concerned with the results.
’’We just need to be strong and move forward. We have so many games to play,” Yobe said.
In this afternoon’s match, midfielder Blessings Tembo and Chawanangwa Kaonga are doubtful after sustaining injuries last Sunday.
However, Silver Coach Daniel Kabwe has a big squad comprising Nickson Mwase, Tawonga Chimodzi, Patrick Macheso and Zebron Kalima.
Taking his turn, Wanderers Assistant Coach Joseph Kamwendo said his charges are on a serious mission.
“We expect a tough match as usual. But we are ready for them looking at the importance of the game, for us it is a must win,’’ Kamwendo said.
The Nomads will be without midfielder Balikinyo Mwakanyango due to bereavement and defender Francis Mlimbika who is injured.
The rest of the players are available for selection.
Nomads defence which made school boy blunders might be reshuffled this afternoon but Stanley Sanudi and Adeleke Kalawole are likely to keep their places whereas Yamikani Chester, Chiukepo Msowoya and Nyangulu are also likely to be in the starting line-up.
Elsewhere, Eagles will be hoping to regain five point lead at the summit of the log table when they face Sable Farming at Mpira Stadium.
Eagles top the standings with 19 points followed by Nyasa Big Bullets, who will face Rumphi United tomorrow.
Sounding calm, Eagles Coach Eliya Kananji said they are treading carefully ahead of the match.
“We know they are a good team and we will exercise caution,’’ Kananji said.
On his part, Sable coach Joseph Malizani said his troops have potential to end Eagles’ unbeaten run in the league.
“Anything can happen in football. We are not reading too much into Eagles form but we want to get maximum points against them,” Malizani said.
Sable are in the relegation zone with five points from five matches.
In another match, Civil Service United will be in action against third-placed Kamuzu Barracks at Civo Stadium.
KB have 13 points from six matches.