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Savenda Chitipa, Tigers closer to 1st round finish

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By Williams Gondwa:

Tnm Super League sides Mighty Tigers and Savenda Chitipa United are edging closer to concluding their first round games.

Chitipa have two tricky assignments in Blantyre where they date Super League defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets at Kamuzu Stadium tomorrow before facing Tigers on Sunday at the same venue.

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The Northern Region-based side goes into the weekend games having fulfilled 10 assignments and, after playing Tigers, will just be three games short of winding up their first round encounters.

Tigers have played 11 matches and their fixture against Chitipa would also take their number of games to 12.

Mlatho Mponela and Dwangwa United have also played 10 games each. Be Forward Wanderers, Bullets, Silver Strikers, Masters Security, Moyale, Civil Sporting, and Mzuni have played the least games at seven.

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But Super League of Malawi (Sulom) Vice General Secretary, Zacharia Nyirenda, said unforeseen circumstances had seen some teams playing more games than others.

“This should not worry the football fraternity. People should believe and have confidence in our operations. Whatever decisions we make are for the good of the game. There were circumstances such as national team engagements and cup games that have led to the disparity in games among teams.

“But we expect to conclude the first round of the season by end July. Chitipa are travelling to Blantyre and this means they will remain with three games to wind up the first round,” Nyirenda said.

He said there would be relief for Chitipa as they would play their three remaining games in the final three weeks of the first round.

Nyirenda said Sulom was working hard to ensure that the first round was concluded in time.

“We are doing everything possible to finish the first round within the planned dates. Should there be unforeseen circumstances, we could extend to the first week of August,” he said.

However, soccer pundit Higger Mkandawire has urged Sulom to tread carefully on issues of fixtures.

Mkandawire said Sulom needed to rest teams that have played the most games.

“Such big disparities in matches played would end up raising match fixing suspicions. So Sulom must find ways of ensuring that certain teams are not given too many games while others are inactive,” he said.

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