By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Airborne Rangers have opened a three-point gap at the summit of the Chipiku Central Region Football League after beating Ngolowindo 2-0 at Parachute Ground in Salima on Saturday.
Rangers’ brothers-in-arms, Mafco, were not in action over the weekend and the paratroopers took full advantage.
Mafco were not given league games to allow them to concentrate on their Fisd Challenge Cup match against Mzuni at Chitowe Stadium.
Since their 0-1 loss to Mafco last month, Airborne have collected maximum points in their last five games.
Rangers have 86 points from 29 games, three points above Mafco who have a game in hand.
The leaders’ Coach, Kondwani Gawani, said he was pleased with his charges’ impressive run.
“The performance gives us confidence of returning to the Super League after we were relegated over three years ago. Every game is important for us and we will not relax. I am particularly impressed with the unity in our team. The players deserve rewards for what they are doing and I am happy with their performance in all the games,” Gawani said.
Mafco return to league action this week as they also fight for a return to the top flight league having being relegated last season.
Mafco Coach, Stereo Gondwe, said there was no need to panic.
“We are still in contention, so no need to panic. Of course there are tough games ahead but we are sure of success at the end of the season,” Gondwe said.
With less than 15 games to go, the title race appears to be a four-horse with Silver Strikers Reserve and Dedza Dynamos also having mathematical chances of earning promotion.
Silver Reserve are third with 54 points from 28 games whereas Dynamos have 53 points from the same number of games.
The young Central Bankers claimed a 1-0 victory away to Kasungu Police to remain third on the log table with 57 points from 29 games whereas Dynamos have 53 points from the same number of games.