Premier Bet Wizards will go into their TNM Super League match against Kamuzu Barracks (KB) at Chiwembe Ground in Blantyre Saturday afternoon with an outside chance of surviving relegation.
Wizards look certain to join Blantyre United and Chitipa United in the drop zone.
The Peter Mponda side trail Masters Security Services FC by five points, having played two games more than the rookies.
To survive relegation, Wizards must win all of their remaining three games, while hoping that Abbas Makawa-coached Masters should collect two points from their remaining five points.
Wizards’ cause has further been undermined by the absence of key players, Kelvin Kadzinje, Sydney Chambulika, Charles Petro, Frank Mulimanjara, Patrick Phiri and Misheck Botomani.
The six players are with the Malawi under-20 national football team which is in camp, readying for Cosafa Championship scheduled for Zambia from December 6 to 16.
The junior Flames are expected to leave for Lusaka Sunday.
But Wizards Technical Director, Peter Mponda, has insisted that his charges can stay on.
“In real sense, chances are not in our hands. [But] I am very sure that if we win the remaining three games, we are going to finish with 32 points.
“Practically, the team that is above us cannot win all their games and that is why I am very confident. We are going to do our part, while hoping that other results go in our favour,” Mponda said.
KB, on the other hand, want to cement their place in the top-eight.
KB Coach, Billy Phambala, said Wizards cannot be underrated.
“[Wizards] are not done yet. Though things are not going well for them, I know they want to prove that they can still fight. So, no honeymoon for KB,” he said.
KB will rely on playmaker Harvey Nkacha’s tricks to initiate their attacking moves.
Elsewhere, relegated Blantyre United welcome Masters at Chilomoni Stadium in Blantyre.
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