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No relegation for Malawians in Premier Soccer League

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All teams for seven Malawian players survived relegation in the South Africa Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL) which wound up on Saturday.

Discarded striker Gabadinho Mhango, for a fourth straight game, watched the proceedings from the substitutes’ bench as his Bidvest Wits lost 1-0 to Kaizer Chiefs in Johannesburg in an academic match.

However, the loss could not prevent Wits from being crowed PSL champions for the first time in their history. Gustavo Paez scored for Chiefs.

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While Mhango finished the season on a low, he still won Wits’ top scorer award with nine league goals and 11 overall from 28 games in all competitions.

Elsewhere at Moses Mabida Stadium in Durban, there was no place for former Nyasa Big Bullets striker Chiukepo Msowoya, even on the substitutes’ bench, as his Golden Arrows beat Orlando Pirates 2-1.

Forwards Lerato Lamola and Knox Mutizwa scored for Arrows whereas Pirates’ scorer was Gabuza.

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Arrows, with Malawian Limbikani Mzava commanding the defence, finished on eighth place whereas Pirates ended on 11th place.

Still in the PSL, veteran striker Esau Kanyenda was in civilian attire as Polokwance City eased past Cape Town City 4-2 in Limpopo.

City prevailed through goals from Jabulani Maluleke, Thabiso Semenya, Sibusiso Mbonani and Vusi Mngomezulu to finish on sixth position whereas Cape Town, who recently signed Isaac Kaliyati from Be Forward Wanderers, scored through Aubrey Ngoma and Lehlohonolo Majoro to cement fourth place.

Elsewhere, Gerald Phiri Junior played for the entire 90 minutes as Platinum Stars sealed their ninth position after beating SuperSport United 1-0 courtesy of Bongani Ntuli’s goal.

Phiri finished the season with two goals in 18 games in all competitions—better than strikers Msowoya and Atusaye Nyondo who wound up the campaign without a sniff of the goal.

In another game, Nyondo replaced Tshegofasto Mabasa in the last four minutes for Bloemfontein Celtic as they drew 1-1 against Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium.

Celtic, whose Team Manager is Malawian John Maduka, claimed the 12th place on the standings whereas United wrapped up the season on a respectable seventh place.

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