TNM Super League debutants Ntopwa FC have vowed to survive relegation despite losing 1-0 to leaders Be Forward Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.
Ntopwa owner, Isaac ‘Jomo’ Osman, said his team’s performance continued to improve after beefing up with several seasoned players in the last transfer window and was good enough to escape the chop.
Two of the seasoned campaigners, Rafiq Mussa and Raquib ‘Lulu’ Milanzie, have played for Super League sides including Wanderers.
Osman said the two had quickly settled down and were helping youngsters to find their feet.
“We need experience to survive relegation and things are working out for us. These players are terrific. They are playing a crucial role in our survival campaign,” he said.
Osman said they would have won against Wanderers had it not been for the assistant referee.
“One of the assistant referees was not doing his job. He let us down on several occasions. My players performed very well but officiation could have been better,” he said.
Wanderers sweated for victory as Ntopwa were stubborn. It took Felix Zulu to break the rookies’ resistance as he pounced on a rebound to hand Wanderers the lifeline.
The Nomads’ coach, Bob Mpinganjira, admitted that Ntopwa had given them a good run for their money.
“This was a tough game and could have gone either way. Congratulations to my players for collecting full points,” Mpinganjira said.