At the end of the first round, defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets were on a distant 6th position on the TNM Super League table and it seemed like it was going to be a tough ride for them in their title defence.
But five games later, they have swiftly moved up the ladder and are on position three with 36 points, just one point behind leaders Mafco and 2nd-placed Silver Strikers. Mafco are in the lead due to goal difference.
The Bullets must have been energised after lifting the Presidential Cup and they are galvanised to give all they have because it can be done if the others will drop points.
Their 1-0 win against their arch rivals Mighty Be Forward Wanderers in the Blantyre derby at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday must have definitely spurred them further for another shot at the league title for the third consecutive time.
This will indeed end into a photo finish to the season and the contenders for the title are Mafco on 37 points from 19 games, 2nd-placed Silver Strikers also on 37 points from 19 games, followed by 3rd-placed Big Bullets on 36 points from 20 games, then 4th-placed Blue Eagles on 36 points from 19 games with Kamuzu Barracks on 5th with 34 points from 20 games.
At the end of the first round, the leaders were Blue Eagles, Silver on second place, Mafco on third, Moyale on 4th and Mzuni on 5th. Moyale are now 7th whike Mzuni are 8th.
This weekend will have a marathon of matches since Monday is a holiday — Mothers Day.
The leaders Mafco will be in Mzuzu to face Mzuni on Saturday and Moyale the following day, Silver Strikers will host relegation-threatened Dwangwa United while Bullets date another relegation bound MTV Max Bullets at Kamuzu Stadium.
After resting on Sunday, Nyasa Big Bullets will then host Red Lions at Kamuzu Stadium on Monday while Silver Strikers date Epac in an away game at Civo Stadium.
Things have not been rosy for the giants Mighty Wanderers. They were 7th at the end of the first round but they have been pushed back to 9th after their loss to Bullets on Saturday.
And they have very tough assignments for this weekend, both away — against Civo United on Saturday and against Kamuzu Barracks the following day.
They certainly need to bring all six points to amass 35 points because they currently have 29 points from 20 games.
This will be an interesting weekend because most results could open up the race for the title for the five that are leading the pack.
And there was something that was very glamorous last weekend during the Blantyre derby. The Kamuzu Stadium was filled up to the brim that even some fans had to risk it and cross over the demarcated parts of the terraces.
That begs the question, are we serious over the concerns from Caf and Fifa over the security concerns of our stadium? Doesn’t that speak volume that the tickets were oversold — something that shouldn’t happen.
Always bear in mind that our matches are being beamed live through Beta Television. Definitely, if Caf and Fifa will see that the fans were forced to cross over the demarcated areas, it means the football authorities are defying the orders from these governing bodies.
Let’s be very professional now because our shortfalls will be easily exposed through the live coverage of the games.
And also the fans, most of you are responsible family members, do you want your kids to see you in your underwears during your exuberant celebrations? Yes, victory is sweet but try and restrain yourselves because there are so many roving cameras from Beta TV that can capture those mad moments.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :