Fisd Wizards on Sunday chalked their second victory in 2015 TNM Super League after overcoming Airborne Rangers 2-0 at Kalulu Stadium in Nchalo, thanks to Patrick Phiri’s brace.
The striker scored in each half to give his coaches McDonald Yobe and Fundi Akidu some relief.
However, the victory was not good enough to take the bottom placed rookies out of the danger zone.
Nevertheless, it has offered some hope for the Peter Mponda side as it has reduced the gap between Wizards and relegation threatened sides Airborne Rangers and Mzuni.
Still at the bottom, Fisd have 14 points from 18 games while Mzuni are on position 14 with 17 points from 21 games.
Airborne, who are on 13th position, also have 17 points, but from 20 games.
Wizards assistant coach Yobe said the battle for survival was still on.
“This is a very important victory for us. We have played 18 games while our friends have played two or three more games than us,” Yobe said.
“So, although we are still at the bottom, we are on the right track. What we need to do is ensure that we win the games in hand so that we get out of the relegation zone.”
If this dream comes true, Fisd can rise above not only Airborne and Mzuni, but also 11th positioned rookies Dedza Young Soccer Saints and Epac, who are on position 12. Both have 19 points from 20 games.
Dedza Young Soccer lost to Mafco 1-0 at the weekend, missing an opportunity to increase their chances of survival.
But coach Milias Jegwe Pofela blamed the loss on poor officiation.
“The game was delayed for over 45 minutes after our uniforms clashed. Mafco did not attend the pre-match meeting and when they were told that as a visiting team they had to change, they refused,” he said.
Sulom general secretary, Williams Banda, said they were waiting for the referee’s report.
“Rules and regulations will apply,” Banda said. ns