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South Africa based Flames stars in relegation battle

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Some South Africa based Malawi national football team players have a daunting task this weekend to help their clubs escape relegation in the 2019/2020 Premier Soccer League.

Straight from NedBank Cup 3-0 semifinal loss to Bloemfontein Celtic last Saturday, Gerald Phiri Jnr and Richard Mbulu return to action today when their club Baroka take on AmaZulu at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Johannesburg.

Baroka are stuck on position 13 in the 16 member log table having collected 23 points from the same number of games. AmaZulu are on position 15 with similar points and matches.

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Another relegation battle will emerge when Flames defender Denis Chembezi and striker Khuda Muyaba of Polokwane City date Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Stadium today.

Polokwane is on 14th position and facing league leaders Chiefs is a litmus test for both Chembezi and Muyaba.

Veteran midfielder Robert Ng’ambi’s side is also in danger of relegation as his side Black Leopards anchor the 16 member log table with 20 points.

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Ng’ambi is expected to feature for Leopards when facing Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Flames striker Gabadinho Mhango will also return to chase the golden boot as his club Orlando Pirates face Bidvest Wits at Emirates Airline Park today.

Mhango is topping the PSL scorer’s sheet with 14 goals.

Soccer analyst Kelvin Moyo said the scenario has put Malawian players under pressure.

“Looking at the way their clubs are performing it is hard for them to deliver. They need to take each game seriously to avoid being relegated,” he said.

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