…injury concerns hit both camps
An early second round clash between old town rivals Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets ought to reveal a great deal about the title hopes of the two teams who have had mixed start to the season.
All derbies are eagerly anticipated, of course, that is the whole point of the exercise anyway.
But Blantyre is where it is all happening in the local football this weekend and all roads surely lead to Kamuzu Stadium.
Both teams are coming from cup victories last week but this is a different game altogether.
The two sides shared one point apiece in the first round, a match which was dominated by the Nomads especially in the first half.
However, for the past five seasons, Bullets have been dominating the Blantyre derby, with Wanderers only winning once in the Carlsberg Cup finals last year.
Both sides have got injury concerns ahead of the showdown, with Wanderers missing the services of their centre halves while Bullets will be without Ernest Kakhobwe who has been instrumental for the defending champions.
Victory for either side could shape the championship race especially to the defending champions who are on position 5 on the league standings, just four points behind leaders Mafco FC.
If the Nomads beat Bullets in this fixture, they will be back in contention for the title they won eleven years ago but anything short of a victory, will see them out of the title contenders. They surely reckon to this painful fact.
Peter Wadabwa, Jafallie Chande and Rafick Namwera will be some of the stars to watch for the hosts while Kondwani Kumwenda, Chiukepo Msowoya and Muhamad Sulumba will lead the assault for the Peoples’ team.
Lately, the Blantyre derby has lost its taste and the hullabaloo it used to earn in the past but soccer fanatics in the country will be expecting fireworks from their sides.
Blantyre will be divided into two, with others in orange jersey while others will be donning in their traditional red and white attire.
Both teams have a history to tell but whosoever is eager to collect points, will claim the City of Blantyre.
May the best team become kings of Blantyre today.