A blistering TNM Super League first round start followed by a sloppy run to the finish run last season, is a similar Red Lions are once again taking.
The Lions slipped from fourth to fifth position on Saturday after failing to translate their dominance into goals when they lost 2-0 to Mighty Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium.
Both teams have 38 points.
But Lions coach Collins Nkuna refused to give up the chase for the title they have not won since the league’s birth in 1986.
“There are six games to go for us and these are enough for us to salvage something. There is still a long way to go for us to give up. We still fancy our chances of winning the title,” said Nkuna.
On the other hand, Wanderers team manager Chiyembekezo Zidana, having climbed to fourth on superior aggregate, remained modest.
“Football is dynamic. We have motivated ourselves with this win, but we cannot promise anything. Things can change so quickly. The race is tough; full of ups and downs. We just have to keep on working hard,” Zidana said in a post-match interview.
Both teams are seven points behind leaders Blantyre United who like second-placed Silver Strikers (43 points) were on bye last weekend. However, the latter despite having most games in hand continued to be spared matches.
Silver return to action on Saturday against third-placed Big Bullets, who have 42 points. Down the ladder, Escom United’s 2-1 beating of Kamuzu Barracks on Saturday and a 2-1 defeat by Epac FC on Sunday, was still enough for the Alex Masanjala side to jump from 14th to 13th on the 15-member log table.
Epac’s Wisdom Mtika and Ishmael Thindwa scored to sandwich Chiukepo Msowoya’s lone reply.
In Mzuzu, Blue Eagles lost 1-0 to Moyale Barracks who have gone six games without a loss under Temwa Msuku who replaced Nicholas Mhango recently.