Mafco surrendered a 1-0 first-half lead to draw 1-1 against Kamuzu Barracks at Chitowe ground in Dwangwa yesterday, and in the process got relegated from the Super League.
In another battle against relegation on the same day, away in North, Anthony Mfune (2 goals) Charles Chilembo and Azizi Mwakifuna were on target as Karonga United beat Dwangwa United 4-2 to live to fight another day.
Mafco remain with a single game and even if they win, the best they can reach is 32 points.
Efforts to talk to Mafco coach and officials for their reaction were unsuccessful.
On the other hand, Karonga now have 34 points, same as Dwangwa, TN Stars and Blue Eagles.
TN Stars will this afternoon face Masters Security, away in Dedza, in another game that will have a bearing on the rookies’ survival in the top-flight leauge.
In an interview yesterday, TN Stars chairperson Jones Banda said today’s game is a ‘must-win’.
“We need to win this game, because if we lose, it means we will be at the mercy of other teams. We must fight our own battle to remain in the league,” he said.
Masters Security team manager Ali Selemani said they will have no mercy for the visitors.
“We must collect maximum points against them if we are to cement our chance of finishing on position four in the league. We want to qualify for Airtel Top Eight. We have tasted the sweetness of winning the Calsberg Cup this year and want to play in the Airtel Top 8 next season,” he said.
In the first-round, TN Stars beat Masters 2-1 at Kasungu Stadium.
“We cannot risk losing our honour as Masters by giving TN Stars favours in as far as the league match is concerned. We travelled to Kasungu in the first-round and they beat us 2-1,“ he added.
After Masters, TN will face Be Forward Wanderers in another tough fixture to wrap the season. n