After Week 6 of the 2017 TNM Super League season, two of Malawi’s TNM Super League giants Mighty Be Forward Wanderers and Silver Strikers found themselves at the bottom of the table having just played one and two games respectively but they have surged forward after Week 7 and are on course for a proper title campaign.
The two teams found themselves at the bottom following their inactivity in the league proceedings because of their full involvement in the Airtel Top 8 Cup in which the two teams reached the final of the inaugural Airtel Top 8 that Silver won 10-9 after post-match penalties a fortnight ago.
Wanderers had played only one match in the TNM Super League in which they beat champions Kamuzu Barracks while Silver played two, both of which they drew. The Nomads were on position 12 while Silver Strikers are 15th of the 16-team log table but following their victories during their last weekend’s assignments they have gracefully moved up the ladder.
Mighty Be Forward Wanderers beat 2nd-placed Wizards FC 1-0 to move to position 9 with six points from two games while Silver Strikers beat Kamuzu Barracks 2-0 to perch at 10th with five points from three games.
Their advantage is that those at the top have played more games — Red Lions have played six games and have 12 points from three wins and three draws with 2nd-placed Wizards also having played six games and have 11 points from three wins, two draws and one loss.
The other giants, Nyasa Big Bullets, who bowed out of the Airtel Top 8 at the quarterfinal stages, have moved three steps up having beaten Mzuni FC last weekend.
After Week 6, the Bullets were on position 6th with seven points from four games having won two, drew 1 and lost one but now they have 10 points and on good course for a shot at the title that eluded them by a whisker last season.
Silver and Wanderers have the chance to go further up if they utilised their two away assignments this weekend. Silver date debutantes Chitipa United on Saturday June 17 and Moyale the following day — both games at Mzuzu Stadium while the Nomads are up against Dwangwa United at Chitowe on Saturday and against Mafco the following day at Civo Stadium.
Nyasa Big Bullets are also on the road when they visit Blue Eagles at Nankhaka on Saturday before taking on newly-promoted Masters Security the following day at Dedza Stadium.
Following their 0-2 to Silver Strikers, champions Kamuzu Barracks have been shoved to position 12 from 10. They have a meagre four points from four games of one win, one draw and two losses — the first against Mighty Wanderers in their opening match of their defence for the title.
Kamuzu Barracks date Civil Sporting at Civo Stadium on Saturday in their bid to put add some dignity to their status as defending champions.
As is usually the case, there are always pace setters to the title campaign but they usually tire out as the season progresses and it remains to be seen if the current leaders Red Lions, who ended 10th last season, might keep up with their good performance.
The soldiers from Cobbe Barracks in Zomba are on bye this weekend.
Of the newly promoted teams, only Lilongwe-based Masters Security are doing fine as they maintain their position eight with seven points from six games of two wins, one draw and three losses.
The other debutantes, Blantyre United from the South and Chitipa United from the North and are on position 14 and 16 respectively
Blantyre United have three points from five games while Chitipa, who troubled giants Big Bullets to a goal-less draw in their opening match, have a single point from six games.
The full fixtures:
Saturday June 17
Chitipa United v Silver Strikers at Mzuzu Stadium
Dwangwa United v Mighty Be Forward Wanderers at Chitowe
Blue Eagles v Nyasa Big Bullets at Nankhaka
Kamuzu Barracks v Civil Sporting at Civo Stadium
Azam Tigers v Blantyre United at MDC Stadium
Sunday June 18
Mafco v Mighty Be Forward Wanderers at Civo Stadium
Masters Security v Nyasa Big Bullets at Dedza Stadium
Moyale v Silver Strikers at Mzuzu Stadium