Epac FC coach Abasi Makawa has declared their TNM Super League relegation decider, against Dedza Young Soccer at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe Saturday, as total war.
On Sunday, Epac refused to be relegated without a fight when they put up a spirited performance to beat second-placed, Mafco 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller at the same venue in Lilongwe.
Innocent Tanganyika secured maximum points for Epac on Sunday with five minutes remaining to keep them in league.
A victory for Epac against Dedza would keep the Makawa side in league, but a loss or a draw would mean they will become the third team to be relegated.
With 27 points from 27 games, Epac are third from the bottom, two points adrift of fellow relegation contenders, Dedza and Mzuni FC.
Mzuni face Mafco at Chitowe Stadium Saturday in their last game of the season.
Airborne Rangers and Fisd Wizards have already been relegated to the second-tier leagues following their poor showing in the Super League this season.
Makawa was defiant that his charges would survive the chop.
“The game against Dedza is like a cup final. A victory is a must for us to escape relegation so the players are aware of the importance of the match,” Makawa said.
Epac were promoted into the Super League in 2011 and established themselves as one of the giant killers in the league.
However, Epac have endured a difficult league campaign this season.
Dedza coach, Millias Pofera, was confident of escaping relegation this season.
“Anything can happen in a game of football, but we will approach the match with caution. We will fight for a win against Epac to stay in the league,” Pofera said.
Dedza lost four key players during the mid-season transfer window, but have assembled a good squad, which managed to beat Blue Eagles, Kamuzu Barracks and Civo United in the recent weeks.
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