* Defending champions next date relegation-bound Sable Farming at Kamuzu Stadium on Wednesday
* While Blue Eagles are at Champion Stadium to face third-placed Kamuzu Barracks on the same day
* Fourth-placed Mighty Wanderers, travel to up north to face 12-placed Karonga United on Saturday October 22
* Muhammad Sulumba is now top goal scorer with 14 goals, two ahead of Chawanangwa Kaonga and Babatude Adepoju
Analysis by Duncan Mlanjira
With Blue Eagles on the prowl as runners-up in the chase for the TNM Super League title, Nyasa Big Bullets need to win three and draw two of their remaining six games to retain their title.
The runners-up, who have 50 points — 8 points behind the defending champions — can garner 68 as maximum points while the People’s Team (at 58) will accumulate 76 but as soon as they reach 69 — from the three wins and the two draws — they will be assured of retaining the title with a game in hand.
Big Bullets next date relegation-bound Sable Farming at Kamuzu Stadium on Wednesday, October 19 while Blue Eagles are at Champion Stadium to face third-placed Kamuzu Barracks on the same day.
Fourth-placed Mighty Wanderers, who clobbered Rumphi United 10-0 last Wednesday, will travel to up north to face 12-placed Karonga United on Saturday October 22.
The top eight — to fight for the glamorous Airtel Top 8 — are Mafco (5th with 40 points, Moyale (6th; 39), Silver Strikers (7th; 39) and Dedza Dynamos (8th; 39).
Threatened with relegation include 13th-placed Red Lions (25 points with maximum 37), 14th-placed Sable Farming (21 points; maximum 39), 15th-placed TN Stars (16 points; maximum 31) and 16th-placed Rumphi United (10 points; maximum 13).
Meanwhile, after scoring a hat-trick when Mighty Wanderers walloped Rumphi United 10-0 last Wednesday and a goal when the Nomads beat Ekwendeni Hammers 2-1, Muhammad Sulumba is now the top scorer with 14 goals — two ahead of Silver Strikers’ Chawanangwa Kaonga and Babatude Adepoju of Nyasa Big Bullets, who both have 12.
The honours list for the Golden Boot race is:
Muhammad Sulumba (Mighty Wanderers)
Chawanangwa Kaonga (Silver Strikers) & Babatude Adepoju (Nyasa Big Bullets)
Raphael Phiri (Moyale)
Zeliat Nkhoma (Kamuzu Barracks)
Charles Chipala (Dedza Dynamos), George Chaomba (Tigers F.C), Patrick Mwaungulu (Nyasa Big Bullets), Mphatso Filimoni (Mafco) and Royal Bokosi (Red Lions)
Promise Kamwendo (Dedza Dynamos), Trouble Kajani (Rumphi United), Staine Davie (Silver Strikers) and Peter Katsonga (Mafco)
Chimwemwe Idana, Anthony Mfune, Hassan Kajoke & Precious Sambani (Nyasa Big Bullets), Gaddie Chirwa & Schumacher Kuwali (Blue Eagles), Wongani Lungu & Gift Chunga (Ekwendeni Hammers), Precious Chiudza (Tigers F.C), Gastin Simkonda (Moyale) and Clement Nyondo (Dedza Dynamos)
Chiukepo Msowoya & Vincent Nyangulu (Mighty Mukuru Wanderers), Christopher Gototo (Blue Eagles; 4 goals with Sable Farming), Isaac Msiska (Ekwendeni Hammers), Lloyd Njaliwa (Moyale), China Chirwa (TN Stars) and Zikani Sichinga (Mafco)