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Red Lions intensify relegation battle

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By Mphatso Malidadi:

Red Lions intensified their fight against the chop from the TNM Super League with the 2-0 beating of struggling Dwangwa United in a match played at Balaka Stadium on Sunday.

Isaac Msiska and Gomezgani Gondwe scored a goal each to help the Zomba-based soldiers climb further up the log table after collecting three points.

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The result saw Lions go up to position 12 on the table with 31 points from 27 games.

Lions Publicity Secretary, Francis Chalulu, said they are aiming at winning two of their remaining three matches to dodge relegation.

“It felt good to collect full points against a team that is also fighting relegation. We just need to win two more games to be safe and also push up on the ladder,” Chalulu said.

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Last season, Lions survived the chop in the final stages of the season after firing Mike Kumanga and hiring Nelson Chirwa in an interim capacity.

The team is in the same position this season after suspending Stereo Gondwe and taking Chirwa with the responsibility of guiding the team as it fights relegation.

But Civil Sporting Club were the biggest winners over the weekend as they collected maximum points from their two assignments in the Southern Region.

The Civil Servants started the dramatic weekend with a 2-0 victory over Nchalo United on Saturday at Kalulu Stadium before edging Azam Tigers 3-2 the following day in a match played at Mulanje Park Stadium.

Civil Team Manager, Gabriel Chirwa, said the team is fighting to remain in the top four.

“It was not easy to collect six points on the road. We owe it to good preparations we had last week. We arrived in Blantyre on Thursday and this showcased our intent to win both games. The most difficult game was against Tigers but we were determined and we got what we wanted,” he said.

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