Only six in Super League title contention

The 2011/12 TNM Super League is way too crazy to predict the identity of the champion, but the winner will certainly come from a cream of six.

Defending champions Escom United and second-placed Silver Strikers, stand a chance of winning the top flight league honours.

Joining the current leaders, Escom (44 points) and second-placed Silver (41 points) in the title chase are third-placed Blantyre United (39 points), fourth-positioned Mighty Wanderers (36 points) and sixth place occupiers Civo United also on similar points.

The 2011 Standard Bank Knockout Cup champions Blue Eagles have 32 points from 22 games. With six games in hand, the cops, too, can win the Super League gold. The cops’ maximum tally is at 50 points as of this week.

None of the other 10 teams whose maximum tallies are below 50 points can win the title this campaign. Civo, who have seven games in hand, have the highest ceiling of 57 points.

The civil servants are seconded by Blantyre United. Wanderers’ maximum of 54 points are followed by Silver’s 53 points, then Escom and Eagles’ 50.

In the relegation zone, Cobbe Barracks, second from the bottom, Zomba United and tail-enders Embangweni United are surely destined for the chop. They have 19 points (Zomba and Embangweni) and 26 points respectively.

Cobbe’s maximum tally is 32 points, Zomba 31 and Embangweni 28—far too little. There is an average of five games remaining to wrap up the campaign on January 28.

On the individual honours, Ishmael Thindwa of Epac still leads on 17 goals. The towering forward has three games to surpass last year’s golden boot record of 17 goals which Luka Milanzi and Chikondi Mpulula scored to share the award.

Eleven goals by Silver’s Asedi Ayami and 10 by Moyale’s Gastin Simkonda put them with an outside chance of the Golden Boot Award.

“We are going into the last lap of the race, all the best to the fifteen teams of the elite league. Good luck and may fair play be the order of the day,” said Super League of Malawi desk officer Patrick Chisale in releasing this week’s log table.

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