Nchalo United yesterday became the first team to be relegated from the TNM Super League after losing 3-1 to Dwangwa United at Kalulu Stadium at Nchalo in Chikwawa District.
Two more teams will join the fallen Lower Shire giants in bidding farewell to the top flight league as the season ends in December.
Nchalo cannot redeem themselves even if they win their remaining four games after just a season’s stay in the Super League having returned by virtue of winning the 2017 Southern Region Football Association League Premier Division championship.
Dwangwa scored their goals through Gracian Chikhande, Victor Harawa and Sam Gunda whereas Eddie Kanyuka netted the consolation for Nchalo.
The hosts are anchoring the log table with 13 points from 26 games whereas Dwangwa are up to position 10 on the log table with 31 points from 24 games.
Nchalo Coach Macdonald Yobe accepted defeat, saying life was tough for them in the top flight league.
“We did our best but it was not easy. We have to accept what has happened because it is part of football. We have to go back to the drawing board and rectify our mistakes so that we return to the Super League in the 2020 season,’’ Yobe said.
Mafco defeated TN Stars 2-0 in another relegation battle at Chitowe Stadium in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota District. Martin Masoatheka and Zikhole Ngulube scored for Mafco to keep their slim survival hopes alive.
The Salima-based soldiers are second from bottom with 24 points from 25 games and are six points away from safety. TN Stars are on position with 30 points from the same number of games.
In another match played yesterday, Karonga United returned to winning ways after beating Red Lions 2-0 at Karonga Stadium to condemn the soldiers to the relegation zone.
The Zomba-based soldiers are on position 14 on the log table with 28 points from 26 games whereas Karonga are on position 12 with 30 points from 26 games .
At Civo Stadium in Lilongwe, Blue Eagles and Kamuzu Barracks played out to a goal-less draw in a dull encounter.
Action continues today in the Super League as leaders Nyasa Big Bullets host Dwangwa at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre whereas second-placed Silver Strikers face Moyale Barracks at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe.
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