Big Bullets will be hoping to extend their lead at the top of the TNM Super League table when they host Airborne Rangers at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre this afternoon.
Wanderers host Moyale Barracks at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre tomorrow.
Blue Eagles who are on third position with 23 points also stand a chance to go top as a win against Mzuni this afternoon and a loss for Bullets will see them tie on 26 points, but Eagles have a better goal difference.
Bullets technical director Billy Tewesa yesterday said they are aiming to finish the first round at the top as this could boost their confidence going into the second-round.
The first-round winner also gets a K1 million prize at the end of the season.
“So, the importance of Saturday’s encounter to us cannot be overemphasised,” said Tewesa whose team is yet to taste defeat this season.
Bullets will look up to rejuvenated forward Chiukepo Msowoya who should be buoyed by the winning goal he scored for the Flames in last Monday’s friendly match against Uganda which was part of the country’s independence celebrations.
On the other hand, Airborne are still smarting from the 0-1 loss they suffered at the hands of Wanderers in Nchalo last weekend and will be looking forward to bounce back.
They are on 10th position with 12 points from 12 games.
Eagles will be boosted by their 3-2 victory over Silver Strikers last weekend.
“It will be a totally different game in Mzuzu and we cannot dwell on last weekend’s win. We trained hard this week and our game plan is about countering Mzuni.
“It is not easy playing away and the fact that the team is in relegation will make the game difficult,” said Eagles coach Deklerk Msakauona.
The partnership of attacking midfielder John Banda with forwards Schumaker Kuwali and Junior Malidadi can be deadly at times and Mzuni should be wary.
Mzuni are second from the bottom with eight points from 12 games.
In other games, rookies Fisd Wizards welcome their new sponsors with a game against Moyale Barracks at Kalulu Stadium.
Civo United will be seeking to move out of relegation zone this afternoon when they engage Kamuzu Barracks at Civo Stadium in the capital city.
Currently Civo are third from the bottom on nine points from 10 games whereas Kamuzu Barracks are eighth with 15 points from 10 games.
Back to back wins against Silver a fortnight ago and Dedza Young Soccer Stars last week have boosted their morale.
“What gives us confidence is that we won convincingly in our last two games, scoring five goals in total. We need to keep up this momentum,” said Civo coach Oscar Kaunda. n