By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Capital City giants Silver Strikers have refused to throw in the towel in their hunt for the TNM Super League title despite dropping points in the 2-2 stalemate against Dwangwa United at Chitowe Ground on Saturday.
The result left Silver trailing leaders Nyasa Big Bullets by eight points. Bullets collected maximum points on the same day after beating Mafco 2-1 at Kamuzu Stadium to continue dictating proceedings in the 16-team league with 52 points.
Silver assistant Coach Peter Mgangira said it was too early to concede defeat.
“There are several games to the end of the season; so, anything can happen. Football is a game of surprises. The last four games will be very crucial for each team. We will not give up without a fight,” Mgangira said.
Former Silver assistant coach, Hellings Mwakasungula, concurred with Mgangira, saying it was too early to rule out the Central Bankers.
“The league title is still a three-horse race and anything can happen. Of course, Bullets are in the driving seat but they should not relax because [Be Forward] Wanderers and Silver are also eyeing the title,” Mwakasungula said.
Silver have gone four consecutive years without winning the league title and are under pressure to deliver after several unimpressive performances.
But while the three giants continue to battle for the championship, the battle for survival in the top flight league has also reached a critical stage.
Five teams, namely Nchalo United, Mafco, Dwangwa United, Red Lions and Karonga United are in danger of being relegated.
Bottom-placed Nchalo may as well start preparing for life in the lower division next season after a 3-1 loss to Blue Eagles at Nankhaka in Lilongwe left them with the least points in the league at 12.
Mafco are second from bottom with 17 points from 22 games followed by Dwangwa on 24 points from 21 games.