The Peter Mutharika Southern Region Football League (SRFL) Premier Division Championship race could end mid-February, the league’s vice-general secretary Kingsley Simbeye has predicted ahead of this weekend games.
“Looking at the league standings, we should have a champion by mid-February, but the Division One may run up to the end of the month when we envisage to conclude the whole season,” Simbeye explained when asked in view of FAM’s call for regional leagues to wind up their games in time and stick to the harmonised calendar.
Going into weekend games, leaders Chikhwawa United carry a six-point lead when they host Green Hawks on Sunday. Hawks boast a lethal attack spearheaded by second top scorer Andrew Kamlete, who has 25 goals—one behind Chikhwawa’s Dave Chadewa. Hawks are placed 10th on 40 points in the 18-member second tier league.
On 78 points, with two games to go, Chikhwawa just need four points to seal the title as their close pursuers Cobbe Barracks have 72 points with three matches to the finish line, including Saturday’s trip to 13th-placed White Eagles (with 34 points) in Mwanza.
Zomba United lie third on 63 points from 30 games and host second from the bottom Mwanza Eagles who have 13 points from 26 games.
Full fixtures: Saturday: White Eagles vs Cobbe Barracks; Changalume Barracks vs BNC Produsak; Kabula United vs Prison United; Nyasa United vs White Bullets; Mwanza Eagles vs Tigers Reserve. Sunday: Chikhwawa United vs Green Hawks; Cobbe Barracks vs Brave Warriors; Zomba United vs Mwanza Eagles; Mangochi United vs Ndirande Icons; Bvumbwe Research vs BNC Produsak; Changalume Barracks vs Kabula United.