Malawi’s Flames midfielders, Robert Ng’ambi and Gerald Phiri Junior, have been dealt a blow in South Africa following the relegation of their team, Platinum Stars.
Stars were relegated after their 1-2 loss to AmaZulu on Wednesday confirmed that they will finish bottom of the 16-member log table. With two games to go, Stars have 21 points from 28 matches.
The former Black Leopards and Nyasa Big Bullets player yesterday said much as he was disappointed with the relegation, he will remain at Stars until they fight for promotion playoffs.
“Football can be cruel sometimes. We have had a bad season but I will comment better once we play against Golden Arrows on Saturday,” Ng’ambi said.
Phiri joined Stars on loan from Bidvest Wits and he is expected to rejoin the parent club next season.
Wits, who have Gabadinho Mhango on their books, Baroka (Robin Ngalande) and Polokwane City (Muhammad Sulumba) are also not safe from relegation.
Baroka are on position 11 with 33 points, at par with 12th placed Wits whereas Polokwane are on 13th place with 32 points.
SuperSport United and Ajax Cape Town are on positions 14 and 15 with 32 and 31 points, respectively.
Meanwhile, Flames Captain Limbikani Mzava’s Golden Arrows jumped to 10th place with 34 points from 28 games after beating Patrick Mabedi-led Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 on Tuesday whereas Bloemfontein Celtic, employers of Malawians John Maduka and Atusaye Nyondo, drew 0-0 against Chippa United.
Celtic are on ninth slot with 35 points. Mamelodi Sundowns lead the standings with 56 points.
In Zambia, Flames left-winger Dalitso Sailesi’s Lusaka Dynamos are on position seven with 10 points from seven matches.
Sailesi is expected to feature for Dynamos when they take on Kabwe Youth Academy tomorrow, after also playing in the 1-0 win over Green Buffaloes last Saturday
The Flames have other players in Mozambique such as Charles Swini, Frank Banda, John Banda, Schumacher Kuwali and Chawanangwa Kawonga.
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