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SRFA action in final two weeks

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By Ronald Mpaso:

With the Chitetezo Mbaula Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) League season set to wind up on January 20, three teams have finished their assignments in the league’s Premier Division.

These are Be Forward Wanderers Reserve, Jali Rangers and Nanzikambe who have fulfilled all their 42 assignments.

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Jali finished the season anchoring the 22-team table with 15 points and will be relegated to Division One.

Also facing relegation are former TNM Super League side Eshani Wizards who, despite beating Bvumbwe United 2-0 on Sunday, are third from bottom with 31 points after playing 37 games.

Polytechnic is another team that is finding life difficult in the Premier Division. The students are second from bottom with 22 points from 39 games.

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Nanzikambe and Wanderers Reserve have finished the season tied on 69 points, with the former leading the latter with a superior goal difference of 30 against 11.

Bvumbwe and Wizards have played the least games so far at 37, with Nyasa Big Bullets, Ntopwa and Hangover United battling for the title which will make them eligible to play in the Super League.

The three have played 38 games apiece, with Ntopwa fulfilling their 39th fixture Monday against White Eagles.

Prison United, Nyasa United, Fomo, Chikwawa United and have one game to wrap up their season while Nsanama remain with two.

Bullets Reserve are the highest scoring and least conceding team in the Premier Division with a goal difference of 83 followed by Hangover at 57.

Jali have conceded the highest and scored the least number of goals, giving them a goal difference of -79, followed by Polytechnic’s -61.

Nyasa United is the only team in the league with a goal difference of zero, which means scored and conceded goals are equal.

In Division One, Ciso, Sable Farming and Neno Medicals are on course to earn promotion to the Premier Division after amassing 115, 114 and 112 points, respectively, after playing 49 games apiece.

There will be more games this weekend as several teams are inching towards finishing their games.

Wanderers Reserve Coach, Albert Mpinganjira, described the season as a success despite finishing in mid-table.

Mpinganjira commended his charges for continuing to play despite several challenges on and off the pitch.

“I have a great team that could have done much better. We faced several problems that could have resulted in worse results but my boys kept on fighting because they love Wanderers,” he said.

SRFA Vice General Secretary, Kingsley Simbeye, said there will be mid-week games to ensure that the season is concluded on time.

“There will be title-deciding games at Kamuzu Stadium on January 20. Competition has been tight throughout the season and Premier Division and Division One titles will be won on this day. However, MDF Marine and Mangochi Challengers will play the very last game of the season a t Monkey Bay, ” Simbeye said.

The title decider on January 20 will be between Bullets Reserve and Ntopwa in the Premier Division, with the Division One contest involving Ciso and Sable Farming set to curtainraise the tie.

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