The sentence has now been passed on former league champions Escom United and Bvumbwe Research, who have both been relegated from the TNM Super League after dropping valuable points in central region at the weekend.
Passing the sentence were defending champions and current league leaders Silver Strikers and notorious Epac FC, who mercilessly humbled the two visiting sides from southern region in games played at Silver and Civo stadiums on Sunday, January 27, 2013.
At Silver, the defending champions hit four past the struggling electricians, who replied once through evergreen Benard Harawa in the dying moments of the match.
The central bankers scored through Ndaona Daisi and Peter Pindani in the first half before Rodrick Gonani and substitute Jester Mulima sealed the visitors’ fate with two second half strikes.
The loss against Silver saw Escom’s maximum tally cut from 31 to 28 points, which is below the present standings of Kamuzu Barracks and Mafco. The two military sides, who occupy the fourth position from bottom have 29 points each and a common goal difference of -8.
Escom’s caretaker coach Alex Masanjala, who at first was not aware that his team had been relegated after the loss, said the side would still fulfill its remaining three fixtures against Mighty Wanderers, Bvumbwe and Civo United.
“We will still work hard in the remaining fixtures and try to finish on a good note. If the team maintains the crop of players it has, it will definitely bounce back in the Super League after next season,” said Masanjala.
Playing a little distance away from Silver Stadium, Epac FC also showed no mercy on the researchers from Thyolo, crashing them 5-0 through goals from Ishmael Thindwa and Jafali Chande. Thindwa took things in his own hands, scoring four goals to catch up with the league’s leading goal scorer Vincent Chinthenga from Bvumbwe on 14 goals.
The loss against Epac reduced Bvumbwe’s maximum tally from 30 to 27 points, meaning the side can also not catch up with Kamuzu Barracks and Mafco.
Having beaten Escom, Silver are now three points clear on top with 51 points from 24 games.