Nkhorongo United FC has secured a place in the 2016 Northern Region Simama Premier League after winning the K1 million Mzuzu Coffee Division One championship.
Nkhorongo have clinched the North’s second tier title with 75 points from 33 games played. They won 24 games, lost six and drew three.
Zolozolo United is on position two with 72 points having won 22, drawn six and lost five.
Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) executive member Fumbani Gondwe, who is in charge of the Division One League, said the official crowning will be held before the Premier League kicks off mid-April.
“The league has finished well; congratulations to Nkhorongo for the good display. With the youthful squad, the team has managed to realise its dream of playing in the Premier League this season. Meanwhile, we are liaising with sponsors to set a date so that we should officially crown Nkhorongo,” said Gondwe.
Nkhorongo defeated Young Bullets 2-0 on Sunday to extend their lead at the top.
Bondela Nyirongo and Sam Mkandawire scored for Nkhorongo in 12th minutes and 66th minutes respectively.
Defending champions Green Rangers are on position 10 while Katoto United are third with 70 points.
Eighteen teams participated in the league.
Reacting to the team’s success, Nkhorongo team manager Vinjelu Munthali said their mission has been accomplished.
“Our aim has been to join the Premier League. Looking at how we are performing, I have no doubt that we will also do better in the top league,” he said.
So far, Yobe Kamanga of Zolozolo United, is the top goal scorer with 70 goals.