TNM Super League preview: Wounded Nomads in Crocodile territory

…Silver Strikers to host unpredictable Mzuni FC…

Wounded Be Forward Wanderers’ capacity to re-ignite their TNM Super League challenge will rest heavily on the two upcoming crucial away fixtures.

The Nomads are passing through troubled waters after losing three in a row to Silver Strikers (twice) and Blue Eagles respectively in the cup and league assignments.

Wanderers: have lost three games in a row

Their only realistic dream of coming back into Super League contention is to beat stubborn Karonga United on Saturday before facing another spoiler in the name of Chitipa United.

Collecting six points from these two crucial fixtures will send a strong warning to fellow title contenders that their 3-1 defeat to Eagles was just part of the game.

However, Karonga Stadium has and will never be an easy place to visit especially when you are struggling.

The venue has, for several times, turned into a nightmare for visiting teams, especially teams with names as the rookies have made it a trend to appear in back pages after the final whistle.

The only positive part for the Nomads will be the fact that they have a good record at the venue.

Last season, they won both in a cup and a league match against Karonga United.

A defeat for the Nomads will be disastrous and caretaker Coach Albert Mpinganjira is well aware of the complications of it.

A victory will be more important for the 2017 league winners, as it will put pressure on fellow contenders, especially Nyasa Big Bullets, Silver Strikers and Civil Sporting Club.

At Silver Stadium, the Central Bankers will be looking forward to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Kamuzu Barracks a fortnight ago when they host Mzuni FC.

The hosts are favorites on paper but if their performance against KB is to go by, then anything can happen considering that they are facing an unpredictable side determined to shrug off their financial woes by showing people that they are ready for the season.

At Mulanje Stadium, Mighty Tigers will entertain Civil Sporting Club, a side yet to taste defeat and yet to concede a goal in their opening three games.

On Sunday, the biggest game will see defending champions Bullets playing host to Civil Sporting Club at Kamuzu Stadium while Wanderers will be welcomed by Chitipa United at Karonga Stadium.

At Dedza Stadium, last year’s surprise package Masters Security will battle it out for maximum points against Silver Strikers, with Kamuzu Barracks tussling it out with Mzuni FC at Civo Stadium while Dwangwa United will host fellow rookies Mlatho Mponela at Chitowe Stadium.

Log leaders Blue Eagles, Moyale Barracks, Ntopwa FC and Ntopwa FC have all been rested.