Former TNM Super League side Ntopwa have admitted that life in the Thumbs Up Southern Region Football Association Premier Division is tough.
The team’s owner Isaac ‘Jomo’ Osman made the remarks after his charges thrashed Neno Giants 6-0 on Sunday.
“Thumbs Up League is very competitive and if you can analyse our group you will appreciate that it is a group of death. When we were relegated from the Super League we knew that it will not be easy to return to the top flight league because we have been in this league before,” he said.
Osman said Ntopwa were undergoing rebuilding exercise to return to the top flight league at the end of next season.
“This season we just want to build a team that can compete. Then next year we will work towards returning to the Super League,” he said.
Ntopwa are on position seven with 14 points from 12 games and trail leaders Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve by 13 points.
Bullets Reserve top the table with 27 points from 11 games whereas Changalume Barracks lie second with the same number of points and games. The two separate on goal difference.
Neno are on position 10 with six points from 11 games.
In the other group, Zomba Air Base is leading with 26 points whereas Bangwe All Stars lie second with 22 points. Bangula Hammers are fourth with 19 points from 12 games.
Wanderers Reserve are on position nine with 13 points from 12 games. Chinamwali Stars anchor the 11-member group with eight points from 12 games.