As the first round of the elite TNM Super League is drawing to a close, the race for the top positions on the log table is getting hotter.
After the weekend games, champions Silver Strikers remain comfortably at the top of the table after their 5-0 thrashing of MAFCO on Sunday with 31 points, four points behind second placed Red Lions, whose 12-game unbeaten run ended after a 3-0 beating by Blue Eagles. The Eagles now have 18.
The army outfit from the old capital city has been a revelation this term as they have managed to maintain an unbeaten status in the first 11 games of this round.
But on Sunday it seemed their luck run out as they succumbed to goals from Elia Kabingu, Charles Ngosi and Ben Hojani and they remain rooted on second position with 27 points.
Mighty Wanderers maintained their recovery under caretaker coach Felix Fosco with a 1-0 win over bottom-placed Escom United in Bakala on Saturday to take their tally to 26 points.
Wanderers look like they have rediscovered their winning formula after hiring Fosko and Albert Mpinganjira as they have managed to garner three straight wins since the duo took over from the fired France Ndawa.
On Saturday they followed up their wins against Bvumbwe Research and Blue Eagles with another victory over struggling ESCOM United 1-0, through a first half Joseph Kamwendo penalty. They have leapfrogged Azam Tigers on third position as they are now two points more than the Kanjedza side who will now have to settle for the 4th spot on the table.
Escom United remain at the basement of the standings with 8 points as they have just managed a single victory throughout the campaign and fears of relegation within their camp are growing after each passing week.
Just above them are the two northern region based sides newcomers Kabwafu and presidential cup losing finalists Moyale who by their standards have disappointed a lot this season. The two sides are both tied at 10 points but Moyale is ahead owing to their better goal aggregate of -7 as opposed to Kabwafu’s -11.
Due to their involvement in cup competitions Big Bullets have played the least number of games at 11, and they are at unenviable seventh position on the table having just accumulated 18 points.