As the chase for the TNM Super League heads towards the conclusion, Silver Strikers and Mafco coaches have given up on challenging leaders Big Bullets for the title.
Bullets lead the log table with 51 points from 22 games—11 points ahead of second-placed Mafco who have played a game more. Silver are third with 37 points from 23 games.
“Had we won against Kamuzu Barracks, maybe we would have had hopes, but now we are definitely out of contention.
“We now have to fight for the runners-up slot. To be honest, Bullets are destined to retain the title,” said Chimodzi.
Mafco coach Thomas Maloya and his captain Hassan Chapola also conceded that the title is beyond them now.
“Technically, we still have a very slight chance but realistically we are out of contention and we are now targeting on finishing in the top five, especially second or third position,” Chapola said.
They have since vowed to win all their remaining games.
“We know we cannot snatch the league away from Bullets, but we would like to finish the league on second position. We will fight to the last drop of our blood to claim this position,” said Chapola.
Bullets’ technical director Billy Tewesa said although technically other teams still stand a chance, the race is almost over now.
“It is not that I am throwing caution to the wind, but then just look at the log table, do you see any team performing a miracle? The league is ours to lose,” he said.
The only other team that has a realistic chance of winning the title is Blue Eagles who are on fourth position with 36 points from 20 games and their maximum points are 60—nine points short of Bullets’ maximum. n