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Sambani: We need to approach it like a cup final

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FCB Nyasa Big Bullets captain Precious Sambani says the team anticipates a very highly charged Silver Strikers when the two square off in the TNM Super League top-of-the-table clash at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The defending champions started this year’s campaign with a trip away to the Capital City against the Central Bankers and they will finish the race for the championship against the same opposition in a match that will kick off at 14h30.

With a three-point lead at the top, Sambani knows Pieter De Jhong’s men will come ready to spoil the party, but the left-back told club media ahead of the final league match of the season that Bullets are ready for the challenge.

“We are very much aware that they will come flat out to spoil the party, but we will not accept them to do so. We drew 1-1 against them in Lilongwe, and this is our home. We have to do whatever it takes to get the results because they will also come hard on us in search of a win. We just need to get organized,” said the Bullets skipper.

Sambani added that Kalisto Pasuwa’s men must approach the game with caution, saying the race is not over yet as Bullets lead the standings with 59 while Silver Strikers come second with 56 points and the visitors could snatch the championship from The People’s Team should they win with a 4-0 margin.

“It’s far from over. They have made it clear that they will come here to look for all the points and goals to take away the title from us. This is a warning to our team to approach this game like a cup final. We will not relax because anything can happen in football, and we don’t want to be shocked at home,” he explained.

The captain has described the season as one of the best in terms of what they have achieved as a team, but he was quick to say all the title contenders gave them a tough run for their money.

“It was a good season. We can’t complain. You all saw how we struggled towards the end, but we had to discuss it amongst ourselves to pull ourselves together to save our situation. We worked hard for the results. Nobody gave us a chance to be where we are today, but we were very organized, and we had to work together for the betterment of the team,” he said.

Winning the league on Sunday will see Bullets retaining it for a fifth straight season and a 17th championship in total.

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