Chitipa United and Karonga United are set to clash today for the first time in the TNM Super League in the most anticipated derby match that promises fireworks due to the hostility among the fans towards each other’s clubs.
The Lions of Chitipa will come into the game looking to arrest their slump in form that has seen them lose their past two league games – to Dwangwa United 1-0 and the weekend drubbing to their fellow rookies Mtopwa fc 3-1 – after a bright start to the league campaign that saw them hold Silver Strikers and Kamuzu Barracks respectively to draws.
Meanwhile, the ingwinas head into the match on the back of a morale boosting 4-1 thumping of Ntopwa on Sunday a victory that saw them climb up to 5th on the log table with 6 points in their 4 matches played so far.
Karonga United are also the joint top scorers with 9 goals registered the same as Nyasa Big Bullets whilst Chitipa are the worst performers in front of goal with only two strikes to their name.
Previewing the match, Alex Ngwira, Chitipa United’s tactician has challenged his charges for a strong response when facing their neighbours.
“My players don’t need me to tell them how significant the derby is hence I expect them to perform and put on a show for the fans,” he said.
Karonga United coach Dan Dzinkambani, warned his players against underrating a wounded chitipa side.
“We know that Chitipa are not in good form but this is a derby where anything can happen so we have to be at our best if we want to grab the bragging rights over our neighbours,” he explained.