Week 11 of the TNM Super league has proved crucial and entertaining as current league leaders, Mighty Be Forward Wanderers have taken control of the league and have opened a seven point gap to second placed Moyale Barracks of Mzuzu.
The leaders had a fruitful weekend at their base in Balaka when they claimed two wins over, bottom of the table Chitipa United 2-1 and Blue eagles 1-0 while Moyale Barracks cemented their second position with a win against Mzuni 1-0 in Mzuzu on Sunday to have 21 points.
Wanderers managed to collect maximum points and increased points tally 28 from 11 games and are expected to finish the first round on a high.
Wanderers and Lilongwe Giants, Silver Strikers are only two team whose progress in the league was slowed in June when some of their players were called for national duty during the 2017 Cosafa Cup in South Africa.
For two weeks, Nomads and Silver had no super league fixtures on their table and this meant they were two weeks less activity than the rest of the 14 teams in the league.
When Zomba based Red Lions were on the driving seat in the first eight weeks of the season, the nomads were playing caught up games to equal the then leaders on number of games played and points collected.
Week nine of the season, Wanderers were among the top three and were seemingly geared to scoop the mantle as they had an added advantage with games in hand.
During their game number eight the unbeaten record was tarnished by determined Civil Sporting with a sounding 2-0 defeat in Lilongwe.
The defeat was eminent as the Lali Lubani Boys had conceded a first goal of the season in their 2-1 win over Red Lions in Balaka.
Since the Civil surprised defeat, Wanderers have not looked back and have managed to beat Master Security 1-0 and register two victories over minnows, Chitipa United 2-1 and Blue Eagles 1-0 at Balaka Stadium.
They have proved to have a very solid defence and they have only let in a single goal in 11 games played so far.
Third placed, Silver Strikers with 20 points are enjoying rich form as they remained the only side to have tested defeat in the league after playing 10 opening games of the season.
If they win in their 11th game their points tally will moved to 23 short of 4 from current leaders, Wanderers.
The only disadvantage to the Bankers is that they had three draws against Azam Tigers, premier Bet Wizard and Master Security while Wanderers only drew with Azam Tigers 0-0 in Blantyre.
Silver had an enjoyable weekend when they claimed a doubled over Mafco 2-0 at Chitowe stadium and red lions 2-1 at Civo stadium.
The battle for points continues in week 12 promises mouth watering fixtures and top of the bill is the game between Blantyre rivals, Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Be Forward Wanderers in Lilongwe on Sunday at Bingu National Stadium.
Nyasa bullets have already registered three defeats of the season and are fourth with 18 points from 11 games and are being viewed as contenders for the title race.
Defending Champions Kamuzu Barracks is still struggling and they have not fully recovered from the dismal performances of their first opening encounters.
Although they won on Saturday against former league pacesetters Red Lions 2-1, they have 14 points from 10 games and are position 10.
Kamuzu Barracks are 14 points behind leaders and they need to play catch wins in order to equal and safely defend the title which seems to be getting out of their hand slowly.
Battle for relegation seems to be centred on log anchors, Chitipa United, Dwangwa United and Master Security.
Master Security has collected 10 points from 11 games and are on position 14, Dwangwa has eight points from 11 games are number 15 and Chitipa had five points from 12 games anchoring the log of the 16 team league.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :