Nyasa Big Bullets veteran midfield maestro Fischer Kondowe and Be Forward Wanderers veteran striker, Esau Kanyenda have put their friendship aside a head of derby encounter to be played over the weekend.
The People’s Team long serving midfielder, Kondowe will be up against his old friend and buddy, Kanyenda, when his side takes on bitter rivals Be Forward Wanderers in the Blantyre derby at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday afternoon after two years of no play at the Mecca.
The two vastly experienced players go a long well for a long time, and the latter revealed that he had to put their friendship on hold in the lead-up to one of football’s biggest derbies of the land.
“The focus for us is getting three points and, I told my friends in camp. In fact I have blocked Kanyenda from my phone and we will link up after 90 minutes on Saturday,” Kondowe aka “Jahman” joked while laughing on top of his voice.
The Bullets veteran midfielder and prospective shadow MP added that, “I’m not receiving any calls, Whatsapp messages or whatever from Kanyenda and he knows we are rivals for the next two days.”
The two Blantyre giants have played 18 games each but they are separated by seven points on the log with the Nomads occupying second place following their 1-0 win over Civil Sporting at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe before a 1-1 draw to determined and spirited Masters Security 24 hours later at Dedza stadium.
Bullets gunned down Karonga United 3-1 at Kamuzu Stadium and they are going into the derby encounter as leaders of the elite league.
Kanyenda called on his side to exercise extra focus going into this crucial encounter like the same level fans view the derby of Kazier Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in South Africa and Simba against Young Africans in Tanzania.
“Everybody else looks at Wanderers matches like that so we must return the favour against Bullets. I know Fischer is scared of us and we are not talking until the derby game on Saturday,” he admitted.
Kanyenda said any victory against Bullets on Saturday will give them an opportunity to defend the title.
“If we are going to win on Saturday, it means the gap will be reduced to 4 points and anything can happen in a game of football,” he said.
Bullets go into this match as favourites having going seven seasons without a league defeat against traditional rivals, Wanderers and last time they won was in 2011 soccer season.
Will the Blantyre derby leave to the expectation among its faithfuls and the two teams had shared the spoils in the first round of 2018 TNM Super League played at Bingu National Stadium (BNS) in Area 48, Lilongwe.
The first round encounter did not reflect what happened on the pitch as Lilongwe based referee, Patrick Ngoleka was accused of denying Bullets a clear goal in which he disallowed it for an offside.
The decision by Ngoleka saved Wanderers from an eminent defeat at the hands of their rivals.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :