The TNM Super League enters week seven with a mouthwatering fixture between Silver Strikers and Civil Sporting Club at Silver Stadium today.
It is a Lilongwe derby where either side must pay attention to detail or risk losing track of the campaign.
Three points are at stake this afternoon but, in some way, there is more to this match, bragging rights.
Civil will seek to recover from the 6-0 demolition they suffered at the hands of Nyasa Big Bullets on their last outing, to prove they are still a force to reckon with.
On the other hand, Silver will be hoping to put their title bid back on track. They have been unconvincing, so far, registering with two wins, two draws and one loss.
“We haven’t started well, but the good thing is we have only lost a single match,” said team manager Itaye Nundwe yesterday.
Goalkeeper Brightone Munthali and midfielder Duncan Nyoni who were away at the Cosafa Cup with the national team in South Africa, were expected to return yesterday. That is a major boost.
Asked if they will play any role in the match, Nundwe said: “Fortunately our coach Lovemore Fazili was part of the Flames technical panel, so he will give us a report on their fitness level and we shall make a decision.”
During last season battles Silver came second best. The first encounter at Civo Stadium ended one-all while Civil won the return fixture 2-1.
In all fairness, Civil started this season brilliantly, winning their first three matches, but losses to Bullets and Mighty Tigers gave them a reality check.
Civil team manager Gabriel Chirwa is optimistic that his charges will carry the day although he acknowledged that it will be an easy task.
“Silver has a solid defence and a sharp striking force to boot,” he said.
The Civil Servants will be without injured defender Damiano Kunje while goalkeeper Blessings Kameza and midfielder Timothy Chitedze are also ruled out because terms of their loan deals do not allow facing their parent clubs.
Civil will likely deploy Hastings Banda in goals while relying on Emmanuel Zoya and Lawrence Chaziya to provide the defensive cover.
Captain Blessings Tembo and Dan Kumwenda will pull strings in midfield while Raphael Phiri and Fletcher Bandawe are obvious starters upfront.
Silver may give goalkeeper Charles Thom a rare start if Munthali is overlooked.
In defence they may feature Mike Robert, Trevor Kalema and Yunnus Sheriff with Victor Limbani, Levison Maganizo and Thuso Paipi marshalling the midfield and Michael Tetteh leading the attack.