Reigning champions Be Forward Wanderers have swallowed their pride and conceded that their age-old rivals Nyasa Big Bullets have run away with the 2018 TNM Super League title.
The Nomads chairperson Gift Mkandawire was reacting to his team’s one-all draw against Silver Strikers on Saturday.
Wanderers lie third in the 16-team top-flight league with 46 points from 23 games, 12 points behind the People’s Team though the Nomads have a game in hand.
Second-placed Silver have 52 points from 27 games.
“Mathematically, we are still in it, but realistically ‘Neba’ has snatched it away from us.
“This is not about mind games, but accepting the reality, harsh is it may sound,” he said.
However, the Nomads boss said they will fight for the runners-up slot.
“We still have seven more games to play and I think we stand a better chance than Silver who have played four games more.
“We just need to remain focused and then after the season, we can go back to the drawing board and see where we went wrong and start planning for next season,” he said.
But Bullets chief executive officer Fleetwood Haiya was a model of modesty, saying it is not over yet.
“We haven’t won the league, but chances are very likely. We will continue working hard up to the last game,” he said
However, Silver assistant coach Peter Mgangira and Wanderers head coach Bob Mpinganjira said after Saturday’s game that they have not given up hope yet.