Dwangwa United coach, MacDonald Mtetemera, has refused to throw in the towel on the team’s TNM Super League relegation battle.
In a post-match interview after his side’s home 0-0 draw against defending champions, Nyasa Big Bullets, on Sunday Mtetemera praised his charges for the fighting spirit.
“A draw is better than a loss and I am really happy with the performance of the players. We had a bad first round but it is too early to give up,” he said.
In the first round, the rookies only managed two away victories against Civo United and Azam Tigers at Civo Stadium and Kamuzu Stadium, respectively.
Dwangwa failed to register a home win in the first round. The rookies are 14th on the log table with 11 points, at par with Karonga United, but the latter has an inferior goal difference.
Max Bullets anchor the 16-team league table with seven points after claiming a single 3-2 victory over Mafco and four draws.
Rookies barely survive relegation in the league beyond a season of promotion.
Last season, only Mzuni FC survived as Dedza Young Soccer and Wizards were demoted to the lower leagues, but Wizards retained their Super League status through controversial play-offs.
Top scorers list
11 goals: Richard Mbulu (Mafco FC), Peter Wadabwa (Be Forward Wanderers)
9 goals: Chiukepo Msowoya (Nyasa Big Bullets)
8 goals: Anthony Banda (Epac FC), Maxwell Salambula (Blue Eagles)
7 goals: Manasseh Chiyesa (Kamuzu Barracks), Kuda Muyaba (Moyale Barracks FC), Gilbert Chirwa (Blue Eagles)
5 goals: Moses Nankumba (Red Lions), Nelson Kangunje (Civo United), Lughindiko Mushani (Mzuni FC), Gastin Simkonda (Moyale Barracks), Matthews Sibale (Silver Strikers)
4 goals: Yamikani Chester, Bright Munthali (Azam Tigers), Harvey Mkacha (Kamuzu Barracks), Binwell Katinji (Silver Strikers), Jafali Chande (Be Forward Wanderers), Peter Makwale (Red Lions), Joseph Donsa (Mafco FC) and Jack Chiona (Dwangwa United).
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