By: Andrew Cane Chilapondwa
The much anticipated 2016 TNM Premier League season kicks off in the next few hours in all the three regions of Malawi.
Despite having unresolved issues with Chilumba Barracks and Dedza Young Soccer, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) defied all odds by announcing the day one and two opening fixtures.
Defending champions Big Bullets will kickstart their title defence at home against Mzuzu Based Soldiers Moyale Barracks.
Fresh from their 2-nil defeat over rivals Mighty Wanderers in the Chifundo Shield Cup, Bullets will be aiming to start the campaign on a very high note.
Spending more than K8 million on the transfer market by recruiting new players, Bullets are the favorites to bang all the three points at home.
However, it will not be easy to defeat the Soldiers who arrived in Blantyre on Thursday.
Head Coach Collins Nkuna told the local press that his charges are ready to end Bullets’s longest unbeaten home run.
In other fixtures, Kamuzu Barracks will play host to Civo Service United at Civo Stadium whilst Mafco FC will host Mzuni FC at Chitowe Stadium.
On Sunday, the biggest game of the day will be between Silver Strikers and Mighty Wanderers. The two teams had a season to forget last year when they performed below par.
However, it was the Bankers who got the better of the Nomads by collecting all the six points in the two outings last season.
The Nomads are coming from a disappointing 2-nil defeat to Bullets but coach Jack Chamangwana was adamant that his side will record a positive result against the area 47 Bankers. In other matches, Red Lions will host Epac FC whilst Azam Tigers will play host to Max Bullets at Kamuzu Stadium.
In other Sunday fixture, Dwanga United will play host to Blue Eagles at Chitowe Stadium.
Football is back, who will claim all the three points in the opening week of the league? Will Bullets defend the title? Battle lines have been drawn, enjoy the talent.