It is now official, that the race for 2011-2012 TNM Super Leagues has been left in the hands of defending champions Escom United, Mighty ‘Nyerere’ Wanderers and Silver Strikers after Civo United’s hopes took what could be a decisive blow Sunday with a loss to Zomba United.
Civo United, who are on the fourth slot have 44 points and their maximum points expected will be 47 if they will manage to beat Big Bullets next week in Lilongwe. That means the Area 3 out-fits is out of contention because the maximum tally for Escom is 50 while the Nomads and the Bankers is 48 points, if they win their remaining games.
If Civo could have won against Zomba United they could have moved to the summit table but alas, the Alex Masanjala boys could not stand the old capital city side.
Civo were first to register on the scoresheet through an own goal from Zomba United defender Manasseh Chiyesa before Lackson Shawa and Alick Kaunje inflicated pain on the already unhealed Civo wound.
Masanjala was so disappointed with the result and described it as the painful outcome for this season.
“I am so disappointed because it means that we are out of contention,” said Masanjala.
But Masanjala said he side will still push for their remaining games but their fate wll depend on the outcome of other fixtures.
“We will keep giving everything until the last game of the season and see if it is our year. The hope is always there, to keep hope alive we have to win our next game,” he told Nyasa Times.
Zomba United Charles Maulidi was happy to wrap up the season with a win.
Moyale coach fumes
Twenty four hours after losing 4-1 to Silver Strikers, Moyale Barracks were at it again as they went down 1-0 to another capital city out-fit Epac.
Mussa Manyenje was hero of the day as he was responsible in nailing the last nail on the Mzuzu City based soldier’s coffin.
Moyale Barracks coach Nicolas Mhango was left enraged at the referee for allegedly denying them two clear goals.
“If you do not have money to splash to these officiating personnel’s then forget it to win because l have seen it myself with my own eyes. The referee robbed us two clear goals and lam so so disappointed with them,” said Mhango.
However, all eyes this coming Saturday will be in Blantyre and Mzuzu where three favorites for the title will be involved in do-or die fixtures.
In Blantyre at the soccer mecca Kamuzu Stadium, Escom United will take on Silver Strikers in an epic battle.
A win by the electricians, who have 47 points, will automatically favour them to be 2011-2012 champions for two consecutive times the same applies to the Bankers, who have 48 points but with a better goal difference comparing it with Wanderers and Escom United
However, in a game between Mighty Wanderers and Moyale Barracks, the Nomads will be praying for draw and a win for them with a wider margin against the Soldiers.
Top three favorites’ GF GD P Max
1. Escom United 38 13 47 50
2. Silver Strikers 59 31 45 48
3. Mighty Wanderers 28 11 45 48
TNM Super League final fixtures on Saturday, January 28 2012
– Escom United vs Silver Strikers @ Kamuzu Stadium
– Moyale Barracks vs Mighty Wanderers@ Mzuzu Stadium
– Civo United vs Big Bullets @ Civo Stadium
– Azam Tigers vs Blantyre United @ Balaka Stadium,