The TNM Super League title race is slowly heading to the wire after contenders Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers registered wins in their respective matches Sunday.
Bullets were not at their best but recorded a 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened Chitipa United at Kamuzu Stadium whereas Silver registered the highest win of the season after beating relegated Mzuzu Warriors 7-0 at Silver Stadium.
With both Bullets and Silver remaining with four matches each to wind up the season, the title race has reached an exciting stage.
Following the win, Bullets maintained top spot with 55 points from 26 matches, three points above second-placed Silver.
Interestingly, both Bullets and Silver will play four-placed Mighty Wanderers in the remaining matches.
Bullets need 10 points from the remaining four matches to defend the title, regardless of Silver’s results.
Hassan Kajoke scored inside eight minutes of the match to put Bullets in the lead before Chiukepo Msowoya sealed the points for the Peoples Team before the break.
Kajoke was sent off in the second half for a foul on Chitipa goalkeeper George Chikooka.
Bullets Coach Kalisto Pasuwa admitted that his troops were not at their best but said what mattered most was the three points.
“We do not know how points will come; we told the boys that we just need three points, it does not matter even if we play hectic football,” the Zimbabwean, who is gunning for a third straight league title said.
Despite the two defeats, Chitipa Coach Christopher Nyambose said his team would survive chop.
“We are still in it and we will take advantage of the remaining two home matches to stay in the league,” he added.
Following two losses, Chitipa are third from bottom with 26 points from 28 matches, two points below Mighty Tigers.
At Silver Stadium, it was one-way traffic as Silver thumped Warriors 7-0 to condemn the Northern Region side to the second-tier league for the first time in six years.
Warriors are stuck at the foot of the log table with 17 points from 28 matches.
Maxwell Phodo scored his 13th goal of the season before Blessings Tembo, Levison Maganizo, Stain Davie (two goals), Zebron Kalima and Chinsinsi Maonga were on target.
The win was good news to Silver Assistant Coach Mac Donald Yobe, who said the players played according to instructions.
“We told the players to play high intensity football and it worked,” Yobe said.
Warriors Coach Gilbert Chirwa was left gnashing his teeth.
“We are down and out of the league. It is difficult to understand the performance of the team in the first half but in the second half we improved,” Chirwa said.
In another match yesterday, relegation-threatened Blue Eagles drew 0-0 against Kamuzu Barracks at Nankhaka Stadium.
Eagles are just two points from safety with 28 points from 27 matches whereas KB are on position 10 with 35 points from the same number of matches.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.