Bullets, who are yet to taste defeat and top the 16 member log table with 38 points, aim at consolidating their lead while Silver Strikers and Wanderers look forward to reducing the gap between them and the league leaders. Silver and Wanderers are second and third with 32 and 31 points, respectively.
Bullets travel to the Northern Region where they will face Mzuni FC and Moyale FC while Wanderers host Tigers FC at Kamuzu Stadium with Silver Strikers playing away to Blue Eagles at Nankhaka Stadium.
Bullets are pretty aware that maximum points from the two away assignments will enable them to put a wide gap but that will not be easy considering that their opponents are always resilient when playing at home—Mzuzu Stadium.
Mzuni, who are third from the bottom with 15 points from 16 games, equally need the maximum points to jump out of the relegation zone and will play to frustrate Bullets having held them to a barren draw in the first round.
A win over Mzuni FC will certainly fire up Bullets for their next game against Moyale, who are looking forward to revenging having lost 1-2 to the People’s Team in the first leg. Moyale are tenth with 20 points from 16 games.
Second-placed Silver have got a score to settle with the Malawi Police side, Blue Eagles, who foiled the Bankers’ mission of defending the Airtel Top Eight Cup. The Bankers lost 0-1 to the cops in the semi-final of the tournament and wouldn’t want play second fiddle as they play away to Eagles at Nankhaka Stadium on Sunday. Silver have got 32 points while Blue Eagles are fifth with 24 points from 16 games each.
Likewise, Mighty Be Forward Wanderers will be fighting for revenge as they host Tigers FC at Kamuzu Stadium. On the other hand, the visitors aim to prove a point that their 2-0 first leg home win over the defending champions was not a fluke.
Meanwhile, Wanderers coach Bob Mpinganjira conceded that Tigers are a good and unpredictable side but asserted that they will do their best to bag maximum points.
Tigers’ Technical Director, Robin Alufandika, was upbeat of pocketing three points over the Nomads.
“It would be a difficult match but the players are ready for the encounter. We are prepared. Nothing can stop us from beating them, one more time,” said Alufandika.
Elsewhere, Karonga United host Nchalo United at Karonga Stadium with Dwangwa United and TN Stars battling it out at Chitowe Stadium.
Red Lions host Masters Security Mangochi Stadium while Kamuzu Barracks will engage Civil Sporting at Kasungu Stadium.