Its Blantyre derby time again. Malawi’s most historic and popular fixture in the TNM Super League takes center stage at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe this Saturday (2:30pm).
Be Forward Wanderers media crew takes a look at this weekend’s derby, as well as the impact it has on deciding which team ends the season as the champions between the two giants.
The coveted Blantyre derby has always promised to entertain, but after a few less than impressive clashes in previous seasons, there is no doubt the derby has to some extent, lost its x-factor, as fans across the country have been given very little to celebrate.
However, this weekend’s encounter boasts more than just bragging rights up for grabs between the Blantyre giants.
Its must-win for both the Blantyre outfits, in order to increase the pressure on Red Lions, who sit pretty atop the TNM Super League table, with 7 points.
Currently, the two giants have 6 points each and 3 goals. However, the Peoples Team are on second slot since they haven’t conceded a goal, while the Nomads came third having conceded a goal in their 2-1 victory to Silver Strikers.
Last time out the derby ended in an entertaining 1-1 at the same Bingu Stadium, but in a friendly encounter on the same venue when Wanderers were preparing for As Vita they defeated Bullets 2-0.
Nevertheless, the derby, under any circumstances remains the favoured calendar fixture in Malawi’s top flight.
Be Forward Wanderers team manager, Steven Madeira said he wouldn’t even recognize his own father when it came to the derby match day.
“It is not done in a bad spirit. It is a difficult match for both teams, who are doing well at the moment. The threat is clear.
“We are coming into this derby with lots of confidence and all that l can assure our fans is that we are ready to collect maximum points,”
Meanwhile, Super League of Malawi general secretary, Williams Banda has said fans will be required to pay K2000 at the open stands during the game.