Escom United’s capital city outing ended on a bad note when they lost 2-1 to Epac United in a Super League match played at Silver Stadium on Sunday.
The Electricians on Saturday beat Kamuzu Barracks 2-1 at Civo United.
Played in wet conditions, the match was not an organised affair as both teams failed to produce fluid play despite three goals being scored.
Ishmael Thindwa unleashed a thunderous shot from outside the box three minutes into the game to put Epac ahead.
Escom pulled level four minutes later through Chiukepo Msowoya. It was his third goal in three matches.
But Masanjala’s dreams of collecting six points from the Central Region were dashed when Epac’s Wisdom Ntika scored four minutes before the break.
Play was completely disturbed in the second-half due to rains.
Epac now have 24 points and lie 11th on the table. Escom are still second from the bottom.
“It’s great that we have won despite the rains disturbing our game plan. We need to move away from the relegation zone,” said Epac coach Abbas Makawa.
Masanjala blamed the loss on the soggy pitch, saying it was difficult to play their usual passing game.
“It’s unfortunate to lose like that. We came here to collect six points, but that did not happen. We still have a job to do to get out of relegation zone and I believe we will do just that,” said Masanjala.
Escom, Kabwafu, Bvumbwe, Kamuzu Barracks and Epac are all in danger of relegation at this stage.
Blantyre United continue to top the league, but are being closely followed by Silver Strikers who have three games in hand.