The TNM Super League second-round enters the second week with the pick of the week being that between Civo United and Blue Eagles at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday.
Both started the last round on an impressive note, Eagles thumped Airborne Rangers 3-0 while Civo United had a fruitful outing to Blantyre where they collected maximum points following 1-0 wins over Fisd Wizards and Might Be Forward Wanderers respectively.
Saturday’s clash, therefore promises to be a thriller..
Eagles are currently third on the log table with 26 points from 15 games while the Civil Servants are ninth with 22 points from the same number of games.
“It is always tough playing Civo. It is always a see-saw affair—we beat them, they beat us and it is very difficult to predict the result. But we have trained well and are ready to face them. It is important that we be at our best if we are to win,” said Eagles team manager Gabriel Chirwa in an interview on Wednesday in Lilongwe.
On his part, Civo coach Oscar Kaunda said they are going into the match carrying an underdogs’ tag and that could prove to be an advantage for his side.
At Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, Be Forward Wanderers host Kamuzu Barracks (KB) at Kamuzu Stadium hoping to recover from their poor start to the second round when they lost to Civo.
The Nomads are fifth on the standings also with 26 points from 15 games, but with an inferior goal difference.
Their team manager Stevie Madeira said: “We have recovered from our loss to Civo and we are looking at Saturday’s match with renewed purpose.”
KB are seventh with 23 points from 15 games and they will be out to avenge the first-round defeat they suffered at the hands of the Nomads.
Leaders and defending champions Big Bullets date Red Lions on Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium, hoping to stretch their unbeaten run.
Bullets top the chart with 35 points, seven ahead of second-placed Azam Tigers, who however, have played a game more.
Bullets outspoken technical director said despite edging Mafco in their opening second round fixture last Saturday, to them their second-round campaign starts on Sunday. Lions are sixth with 24 points from 15 games.
Fisd Wizards, who anchor the flagship league table have travelled to Mzuzu to face Moyale and fellow rookies Mzuni on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Wizards have nine points from 15 games while Moyale are 10th with 19 points from the same number of games. Mzuni are a step above Wizards with 11 points.