Three relegated TNM Super League teams have blamed lack of sponsorship and poor management systems as factors which contributed to their demotion from the elite league.
Sable Farming, TN Stars and Rumphi United are this season’s casualties following their dismal performance in the 16-member league.
Currently, Sable lie on position 14 with 24 points from 29 matches while Stars are on position 15 with 16 points from 27 matches.
Both teams cannot overtake 13th placed Red Lions, who have 28 points from 28 games.
Sable Coach MacDonald Mtetemera said his team blew away their survival chances in the first round.
“Firstly, the boys did all they could to keep the team in the league but we lost too many games in the first round. There were other challenges which I can’t reveal now because it is an in-house matter,” he said.
Sable’s fate was settled over the weekend when they went down to Silver Strikers 2-1 on Sunday and Blue Eagles 1-0 on Sunday.
On his part, Stars General Secretary Bester Ngwale attributed their exit to poor management and lack of funds.
“We were naive on all fronts from coaches to players. We changed coaches unnecessarily. We lost Tione Mhone, who had assembled the first team, and when Kondwani Mwalweni came he started the process again. We went to the battle with a new team and this affected us a lot.
“The other reason is lack of funds. We commend our patron for the support he has been offering to us but things got complicated in the middle of the season. He could not manage to support the team alone because he needed support from others,” he said.
Similarly, Rumphi United General Secretary Jones Mackton blamed maladministration that hit the team and lack of funds.
“We were poor administratively. We also didn’t have enough funds to support the team so we were so suffocated,” he said.
Rumphi collected 10 points in 30 matches to anchor the table.
Both Rumphi and Sable have been relegated on their first attempt while Stars exited the league after four years, having earned promotion in 2017.
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