TNM Super League strugglers Mighty Tigers and Chitipa United have admitted they need to pull up their socks, having finished their first-round assignments on a low note.
Tigers concluded the first round after collecting two points following a one-all draw with Kamuzu Barracks on Monday and a goalless draw with Silver Strikers on Sunday.
The Kau-Kau outfit lies on position 15 in the 16-member league with 11 points from 15 games.
Tigers Coach Trevor Kajawa said the first-round battle was a mixed bag as the side failed to win games consistently.
“We were not in our best form in the first round but we have seen what is needed for us to move out of the relegation zone. As we prepare for the second round, we need to motivate our players to get better results,” he said.
Kajawa was left impressed after Tigers goalkeeper Christopher Mikuwa was named man of the match in the matches.
Similarly, Chitipa United Coach Christopher Nyambose said, having concluded their first round assignments with a 2-1 loss to Silver Strikers, said the side did not need a break in order to bounce back quickly.
“The moment we lost to Silver last week, we agreed not to rest to see how best we can rectify our problems. We would like to beef up the squad so we need to try the new recruits if they can suit our style of play,” he said.
Nyambose was confident that his side would survive the chop.
Chitipa are on position 14 with 13 points from 15 games having won four times drawn once and lost 10 times.
Silver, Mafco, Moyale Blue Eagles and Mzuzu Warriors have remained with a game to conclude their first round assignments while Civil Service United, Nyasa Big Bullets, Red Lions, TN Stars, Mighty Be Forward Wanderers and Kamuzu Barracks have remained with two assignments to wrap up this season’s first round matches.