Silver Strikers coach Franco Ndawa confessed in a post-match brief on Sunday after beating Escom United 4-1 that the race for the TNM Super League title is not over yet despite their two-point lead.
“We will continue to fight tooth and nail to ensure we win all the remaining games. As of now, the competition is still tough. We should never get carried away and I have made that clear to the players,” said Ndawa who is slowly winning the hearts of the hard-to-please Silver fans.
Silver are closely being followed by Big Bullets and Blantyre United.
The Bankers still have an advantage in that they have to host Epac, Blantyre United and Nomads, and have an away game against Kamuzu Barracks.
Bullets will play Epac and Red Lions at home and have one away game against Civo next weekend whereas Blantyre United will play Silver away, Wanderers at home and Red lions away.
Bullets coach Eddington Ng’onamo said while they will still be happy to finish among the top three, winning the league will be the ultimatum prize.
“Looking at what we have gone through in the past years, I think a league title would be a fitting prize for the fans and the players,” said Ng’onamo.
Escom United, who joined the league in the early 1990s, have been relegated after they also lost 3-0 to Mafco on Saturday. The Electricians have conceded 12 goals in a week, including losing 4-1 to Bullets last week.
“The problem started with the firing of 11 players at the start of the season. It has been escalating ever since. There was nothing we could do to save the team,” said Escom coach Alex Masanjala who was roped in at the last minute to save the team.