Battle for supremacy in foreign-land

Kabwe Vs Pasuwa

The setting is Silver Stadium, where two foreign coaches are aiming their respective clubs to victory in the TNM Super League. 

Zambia's Daniel Kabwe managing Silver Strikers will face off against Zimbabwe's Nyasa Big Bullets mentor, Kalisto Pasuwa in a thrilling match that has got a lot at stake.

Both teams have been in top form this season, with the host leading the league table with 32 points, and expecting to win this last game of the season's first round to consolidate their lead.

The tricky part is that this is Kabwe's first season in Malawi, and the first time his side is playing the people's team.

He however has a strong battalion that has the current top goal scorer, Maxwell Gasten, followed by his colleague, Stain Davie.

The Bankers are coming from a goalless draw with Tigers FC last week playing at home.

At some point, coach Kabwe complained that his boys are not playing purposeful football even though they beat Chitipa United 2-1 before playing Tigers.

Knowing the intensity of the match against Bullets, which also goes together with pride of beating one Blantyre giant, hopefully the players will pull up their socks.

On the other hand, Pasuwa is not a stranger to Silver Strikers after being in the country for some seasons.

Under the Zimbabwean tactician, Bullets have won the league and defended it, and are looking for a third consecutive title this season.

However, Pasuwa is not conversant with Kabwe's tactics, apart from just watching them play other teams.

With 26 points, the red side remain with two games, including the Saturday one and the next match to wind up their first round assignments.

If they win the two, they will be at par with the Bankers in terms of points, but with a goals disadvantage, unless they also score more in the two matches.

Injuries have rocked the Blantyre side, as they are likely to miss their two experienced  goalkeepers, Enerst Kakhobwe and Rabson Chiyenda, leaving Pasuwa with no choice but use substitute Richard Chimbamba.

Chimbamba was also in charge of last week's controversial Blantyre derby between Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets.

Otherwise Bullets reigned supreme last season beating the Bankers home and away in the league.

The red side won 3-1 in the first round and defeated the Bankers 1-0 in the second round.

Silver last won against Bullets 2-1 in 2017 first round before a one-all draw in the second round.

The 2018 season saw the two sides sharing points staring with the one-draw in the first round, and a goalless draw in the second round.

Both teams have been unbeaten in their last five league games, which means it is possible (NdiZotheka) for anyone to take home maximum points.

In other matches, Kamuzu Barracks host MAFCO at Civo Stadium, while Blue Eagles entertain Ekwendeni Hammers at Nankhaka.

Wanderers will clash with Red Lions at Kamuzu Stadium.

Third-placed Civo Service United will battle it out with Ekwendeni on Sunday, as Moyale host Karonga United at Mzuzu Stadium