As the TNM Super League gets into the third week, second-placed Blue Eagles host leaders Red Lions at Nankhaka Stadium tomorrow with both teams jostling for the 2015 TNM Super League top seat.
Eagles and Lions have six points each. However, the Lions lead the standings on a superior aggregate of five points against four for the cops. Both teams are high-scoring and on paper they seem balanced.
Save for the absence of captain John Banda and Micium Mhone, who are in Flames camp and coach Derklerk Msakakuona (attending a coaching course), the Eagles have a stronger side and home ground advantage.
Burly striker John Malidadi Jnr has emerged the early pacesetter to the Golden Boot Award chase.
His four goals in two games for the Eagles suggest that Lions’ defence of Benesi Kaisi has its work cut out. Of course, the cops have other attacking options in the likes of Charles Ngosi.
The Lions too bring to Lilongwe in-form Innocent Bokosi, who is once again living up to his scoring reputation, with two goals in equal number of outings.
Down the table, Airborne Rangers face Civo United in tomorrow’s first-round meeting at Chitowe Stadium in Dwangwa where both teams would be searching for a first win.
Since in a match there can only be one winner, the host coach Henry Khembo and his Civo opposite number Oscar Kaunda should be spending sleepless nights.
Airborne acting chairperson Chancy Chimbayo said there is no pressure on Khembo to deliver after two consecutive defeats as the coach knows better what ought to be done to arrest the decline. n