When Be Forward Wanderers and Blue Eagles clash, the match is never short of drama.
The last time the two sides met in the first-round at Nankhaka ground in Lilongwe, Wanderers had gone several games without a win.
However, the Nomads to put up a five-star performance to triumph 2-0 through Esau Kanyenda’s brace.
The Nomads re-launch their TNM Super League title defence after a two week break against the Malawi Police Service outfit this afternoon at Kamuzu Stadium.
Wanderers team manager Stevie Madeira said the Nomads are more than ready to host the cops, having welcomed back players Stanley Sanudi, Alfred Manyozo Jnr, Rafick Namwera, Dennis Chembezi, Peter Cholopi and Precious Sambani from national team duty.
Eagles coach DeKlerk Msakakuona said they are targeting maximum points, but observed that playing at Wanderers home makes their task a tough one.
“They beat us at our backyard in the first-round and we are now playing them at their home, Kamuzu, in front of their supporters. It will be a tough game but we are ready for them,” he said.
The Air Top 8 winning coach said their aim is to return to fourth position.
“We were on fourth position but after losing to Moyale Barracks last week, we gave up the position [to Civil Sporting Club] and we have been pushed to fifth. We would like to regain our position,” said Msakakuona.
But while Eagles are eyeing the fourth position occupied by Civil, who are facing Mafco at Civo Stadium, the Nomads have their own battles to fight.
They also badly want their second position back.
Silver, who play Red Lions this afternoon at Silver Stadium, displaced the Nomads after beating struggling Nchalo United 1-0 last weekend.
But only a point separates the Bankers and the Nomads and today’s results will be significant on who ends up on second spot.
Red Lions have always posed problems for the Bankers. Their first-round encounter ended in a one-all draw.
The Malawi Defence Force outfit’s team manager Nelson Banda said they invade the capital city ready to collect maximum points.
“We have been struggling in recent matches but I can assure you that this time we have rectified most of the shortfalls. We are going to Lilongwe to collect maximum points,” he said.