Blue Eagles took an early lead for a better part of the 2016/17 TNM Super League season but they stumbled a bit to give leeway to Silver Strikers to take up the top spot but it’s their chance this Sunday when they take on defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets at Nankhaka.
The cops, were third ahead of their tough game against Mighty Be Forward Wanderers which they won to go second on 28 points from 13 games of nine wins, one draw and three losses. They are just one point behind Silver Strikers, who do not have any assignments this weekend.
But it will not be a stroll in the park for the Eagles because the defending champions have just been rejuvenated having won the Presidential Cup and went on to stop Silver in their tracks last Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium to move from position nine to six on the table.
This probably is going to be the match of the weekend because both teams managed to overcome tough adversaries. If the Eagles win, they will be two points ahead of Silver.
Third-placed Mafco are another side that are also earnestly fighting for the honours. They have 25 points from 13 games of seven wins, four draws and two losses and they date points-givers Max Bullets on Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium.
If they win and Blue eagles lose to the Bullets, they might retain the second position they were displaced from because they did not have an assignments last weekend.
The Bullets have done so well so far in which they were 10th in June when they were on a three-week break having contributed a bulk of their players for national duty during the Flames’ engagement in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Zimbabwe and the Cosafa Cup in Namibia.
When they resumed their domestic assignments, the defending champions were on position 10 with 12 points from six games of three wins and three draws but after six more games, they are 6th and rising.
By then the leaders were leaders were Blue Eagles with 21 points but since then the cops have just managed seven points from four games.
Wanderers, who were also on the same three-week break with Bullets, were then on position 13 with eight points from seven games of one win, five draws and one loss but after five games in which they have won four and lost two, they have accumulated 20 points to be at position nine.
On 4th position are Moyale with 24 points from 14 games and they date Red Lions at their home Mzuzu Stadium on Saturday. Moyale tie with Mzuni FC, who are 5th also after 14 games.
It’s still a tight race for the title and the contenders are seven of them — Silver Strikers with 29 points, Blue Eagles at 28, Mafco at 25, Moyale tying at 24 with Mzuni and the defending champions Bullets tying at 22 with Kamuzu Barracks.
Struggling at the bottom are Max Bullets on position 16, Dwangwa on 15th and Karonga United on 14th.
Karonga United have eight points from 14 games of one win (over defending champions Big Bullets some four weeks ago), five draws and eight losses. They have only scored seven goals and conceded 26.
Dwangwa have seven points from 13 games of one win, four draws eight losses in which they have scored just nine goals and conceded 21.
Max Bullets are without a win in which they have drawn four times and lost 10, conceding 30 goals and just managing 10.
The full fixtures are:
Saturday 30th July, 2016
Mighty Be Forward Wanderers vs Kamuzu Barracks @ Kamuzu Stadium
Moyale vs Red Lions @ Mzuzu Stadium
Civo United vs Dwangwa United @ Civo Stadium
Sunday 31st July, 2016
Karonga United v Red Lions @ Mzuzu Stadium
Blue Eagles v Nyasa Big Bullets @ Nankhaka
MTV Max Bullets v Mafco FC @ Kamuzu Stadium
The log table is as follows:
P W D L GF GA GD Pts
- Silver Strikers 14 9 2 3 22 10 12 29
- Blue Eagles 13 9 1 3 23 15 8 28
- Mafco 13 7 4 2 24 14 10 25
- Moyale 14 7 3 4 24 16 8 24
- Mzuni 14 7 3 4 14 11 3 24
- Nyasa BB ` 12 6 4 2 19 9 10 22
- K. Barracks 14 6 4 4 25 17 8 22
- Azam Tigers 14 5 6 3 13 8 5 21
- Wanderers 12 5 5 2 20 12 8 20
- Epac 14 6 2 6 15 14 1 20
- Civo Utd 14 4 4 6 12 19 -7 16
- Red Lions 13 4 2 7 14 19 -5 14
- Wizards 14 3 3 8 7 17 -10 12
- Karonga Utd 14 1 5 8 7 26 -19 8
- Dwangwa 13 1 4 8 9 21 -12 7
- Max Bullets 14 0 4 10 10 30 -20 4