With all the attention in the TNM Super League focused on city derbies involving four rival camps, league leaders Blantyre United seek to extend their lead on the log table as they face relegation threatened Bvumbwe Research at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday, December 29, 2012.
Despite United’s recent exploits in the 15-team league, all the focus has now switched to the weekend derby clashes involving capital city rivals Civo United and Silver Strikers as well as traditional soccer enemies Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers.
Civo and Silver meet at Civo Stadium in the capital Saturday, December 29, 2012 with Bullets and Wanderers coming face to face at the just re-opened Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Sunday.
As the focus switches on the derby clashes, Blantyre United will be out to capitalise on any slip-ups by their closest pursuers.
At 42 points from 22 games, United’s main threat are the bankers from Lilongwe, who are breathing down the leaders’ neck with 40 points from 19 games.
It’s United coach Elia Kananji’s prayer that Civo should apply brakes on the cruising bankers as Kananji himself hunts for maximum points against the researchers from Thyolo.
Kananji will be back in the prayer house on Sunday, December 30, 2012 praying that third-placed Big Bullets, who have 39 points from 21 games drop valuable points against the Nomads, who have 35 points also from 21 games.
Should the soccer gods answer prayers from the Blantyre United mentor, his side may go five points clear at the top of the standings after beating Bvumbwe.
In other games scheduled for Saturday, Mafco hosts fellow soldiers Moyale Barracks at Chitowe Stadium with Red Lions welcoming Leo Mpulula’s Azam Tigers at the Zomba Community Centre ground.
After visiting Chitowe, Moyale will proceed to the capital city for another date with brothers’ in arms Kamuzu Barracks at Civo Stadium on Sunday.