All three bottom of the table register wins, Silver leads: Malawi TNM Super League

All three teams at the bottom of the TNM Super League table — Karonga United, Dwangwa United and MTV Maxi Bullets — managed to win in their assignments over the last weekend but they still maintained their positions in the relegation zone.

Silver: League leaders

Silver: League leaders

Karonga United beat Zomba-based Red Lions 2-1 at Mzuzu Stadium on Sunday, their second win of the season, to amass 11 points as they finish their 15 first round matches.

They have won two games, drew five times and lost eight in which they scored nine goals and conceded 27 to remain at relegation position 14.

Dwangwa are at 15th position with 10 points after beating 11th-placed Civo United 2-1 at Civo Stadium on Saturday. This is their second win of the season in which they have drawn four times, lost eight games, scored 11 goals and conceded 22.

At position 16, MTV Maxi Bullets chalked their first win of the debut season when they beat 4th-placed Mafco FC 3-2 at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday to earn seven points as they finish their 15 first round matches in which they drew four and lost 10, scoring 12 goals and conceding 31.

It is a match they will live to remember as they came from two goals behind to win 3-2 under new coach Aubrey Nankhuni, who took over as head coach just Monday last week.

Mafco scored first through Joseph Mdosa in the 12th before their marksman and the current top scorer Richard Mbulu hit the second and his 10th of the first round.

Frazer Menyani replied for Maxi Bullets in the 33rd minute with Pilirani Thomson equalising in the second of two minutes added time of the first half. Menyani scored the third just a minute from resumption.

In Mzuzu, Red Lions took the lead in the 14th minute through Chikoti Chirwa but Karonga United equalised through Nangaunozge Luhanga in the 71st and he added the second with two minutes to the end.

Meanwhile, Blue Eagles failed to take advantage of leaders Silver Strikers inactivity over the weekend when they drew 0-0 with visiting Nyasa Big Bullets at Nankhaka in Lilongwe.

The cops tie on 29 points with Silver following the draw but the Bankers have better goal difference and remain at the top.

Following the draw, Nyasa Bullets remain at position with 23 points from 13 games of six wins, four draws and three losses.

Mighty Be Forward Wanderers beat visiting Lilongwe-based Kamuzu Barracks 2-1 at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday to move from position nine to seven. They tie on 23 points with Bullets but their archrivals have a better goal aggregate.

Wanderers have played 13 games in which they won five, drew six and lost two.

Following Mafco’s Richard Mbulu on the leading scorers of the first round are Chiukepo Msowoya (Nyasa Big Bullets) and Peter Wadabwa (Mighty Be Forward Wanderers) on nine goals while on seven goals are Manasseh Chiyesa (Kamuzu Barracks), Anthony Banda (Epac FC) and Kuda Muyaba (Moyale)

Gilbert Chirwa of Blue Eagles has scored six goals while on five goals are Moses Nankumba (Red Lions), Maxwell Salambula (Blue Eagles), Matthews Sibale (Silver Strikers), Gastin Simkonda (Moyale FC) and Nelson Kangunje (Civo United).

The remaining matches of the first round are Epac v Mighty Wanderers at Civo Stadium, Mafco against Silver Strikers at Chitowe on Saturday, August 6 and the following day Blue Eagles date Wizards at Nankhaka while Nyasa Big Bullets will be at home against Azam Tigers at Kamuzu Stadium.

On Sunday, August 14, Dwangwa United  will take on Nyasa Big Bullets at Chitowe Stadium with Wanderers hosting Mzuni at Kamuzu Stadium.

The following is the log table:

P   W  D  L GF GA GD Pts

  1. Silver Strikers     14  9  2    3 22  10   12  29
  2. Blue Eagles          14  9   2   3 23  15    8   29
  3. Moyale                  15  8   3   4 25  16    9    27
  4. Mafco                    14  7   4   3 26  17    9    25
  5. Mzuni                    14  7   3   4 14  11    3    24
  6. Nyasa BB `         13  6  5    2 19    9  10    23
  7. Wanderers        13  6  5    2 22  13   9    23
  8. K. Barracks       15  6  4    5 26  19   7    22
  9. Azam Tigers      14  5  6    3 13    8   5    21
  10. Epac                      14  6  2  6 15   14  1    20
  11. Civo Utd              15  4  4    7 13   21 -8    16
  12. Red Lions          15  4  2    9 15  22  -7    14
  13. Wizards              14  3  3    8  7   17 -10   12
  14. Karonga Utd    15  2  5    8  9   27 -18   11
  15. Dwangwa           14  2  4    8  11   22 -11 10
  16. Max Bullets         15  1  4   10 13 32 -19   7
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