TNM 2nd round starts
You can be certain there would across the football fields as the second and final chapter of the elite TNM Super League opens from today (Saturday 15th October 2011). The first round was full of twists and turns, oohs! and aahs! Nothing less is expected.
First round leaders Moyale Barracks have a tough challenge to keep up the momentum as they go for the first Super League title.
Moyale, on 25 points, get their show on the road to Balaka where they face fellow soldiers, Red Lions, today (Saturday 15th October 2011) then Cobbe Barracks tomorrow (16th October 2011). Gastin Simkonda is the man to create and score for the Kaning'ina soldiers.
On the individual front, the pressure should be on leading scorer on 12 goals, Ishmael Thindwa. He must prove he was not a mere flash in the pan for Epac FC.
Thindwa must lead the lines again although it will not be plain-sailing against the fifth-placed Silver Strikers, who have 22 points.
Tomorrow (16th October 2011),
Eddington Ng'onamo gets the taste of the challenge ahead to revive an ailing Bullets who welcome strugglers Embangweni United at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre. Bullets have 16 points. They are just outside the relegation zone where the rookies Embangweni lurk second from bottom.
Eighth-placed Mighty wanderers entertain Blue Eagles, who will be without leading scorer Chikondi Mpulula currently on trials in Malaysia with Kentalan FC.
Talk of the town on Mother's Day Monday should dwell on Azam Tigers' meeting with Escom United at the Kamuzu Stadium.
Tigers mentor Leo Mpulula face former teammates and counterparts Aubrey Nankhuni and McDonald Mtetemera assisting Escom coach Charles Manda. Tigers are 10th on 18 points.
Mpulula has proved to be a genuine tactician with lots of promise endearing himself to fans with his philosophy that there is only one way to play football - to pass and entertain.
But Escom team manager Shadreck Mpesi, whose side finished the opening round on second position with 24 points, is not too worried.
"Yes, we will face Leo, but we too have three good coaches whose combined wisdom and tactics can help us carry the day," Mpesi said on 13th October 2011.