By Antony Isaiah Jr:…..
Fresh from their hard-fought 2-1 win over Ekwendeni Hammers, Mighty Mukuru Wanderers are on the road this weekend to face Karonga United at Karonga Stadium.
The Nomads sit 4th with 47 points from 24 games, have the chance to move to third place on goal difference, dislodging Blue Eagles who occupy the spot with 50 points.
Karonga United are on number 12 with 28 points from 25 games.
Christopher Nyambose’s boys are without a win in their last four games, losing twice [to Ekwendeni Hammers and Sable Farming] and drawing twice [Against Silver Strikers and Mighty Tigers] but all these games, they played away from home.
On the other hand, Manoma have won four of their last four games, beating Silver Strikers, Rumphi United, Mafco and Ekwendeni Hammers and sharing spoils with Kamuzu Barracks.
In the first round, Muhhamad Sulumba’s penalty strike and Misheck Bottoman’s brace were enough for the Nomads to beat Karonga 3-0 and collect maximum points over the Crocodiles.
In their 14 meetings, Mighty Wanderers have won 8 times while Karonga United have won three times a d drawing three times.
𝐍𝐠𝐰𝐢𝐫𝐚 𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐬 𝐢𝐭 ‘𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐲’ 𝐟𝐢𝐱𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐱𝐢𝐦𝐮𝐦 𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐬
The Mighty Mukuru Wanderers tactician has labelled the game against Karonga United as ‘tricky’ one but has thrown his eyes on collecting maximum points from the North.
He earlier admitted that they are not chasing for the Championship but a second place will be their biggest achievement considering the way they started the league and collecting three points will see them driving to the right direction of catching their dreams.
“It’s a tricky fixture as we all together are aware that every team playing at home become so tough and this challenging. So, on our part [as Mighty Mukuru Wanderers] we are really prepared for the encounter and our mission is to get maximum points.
“We have worked on each and every department, starting from the goalkeeper up to our Strikers. We struggled [Against Ekwendeni] because we had just played another crucial game against relegated Rumphi United, so we wanted to win and we had to fight hard as a result, there was fatigue in our next game and as we are going into this game, we have rectified the shortfalls that we had in our previous game,” said Ngwira.
He added that Stanley Sanudi who has been missing out on their previous games is back training with the squad and he could be featured in the game.
‘𝐊𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐚 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐬’
Sitting 12th on the table doesn’t grantee the Northerners a lifeline in the Super League as any mistake will see them going down to the relegation band.
They are 7 points off the relegation zone but they will still need the points and they need points more than their opposition.
Coach, Christopher Nyambose said he has prepared his boys to be in a game as they have had a break without playing the games.
“Wanderers play a good football and we also play a good football. We beat them last year and we want to give it back again for the history to repeat itself and we are very angry just because we lost the encounter in the first round in Blantyre. It was not well in our camp and the supporters as well and we want to repent that defeat. More especially, what we want is three points.
“The league is going towards the end and everybody wants three points. So we want to collect maximum points. When we look at the log table, we are not safe and when we collect with these three points, it will be huge for us,” said Nyambose.