Kasungu District could have two teams in the TNM Super League as Kasungu Police top the Chipiku Stores Central Region Football Association (CRFA) Premier League.
Should they eventually win the second-tier championship, Kasungu Police could follow TN Stars’ footsteps who became the first team from the district to earn promotion into the top-flight league this season.
With 19 games played, Kasungu Police have finished the first round at the top with 38 points.
The Kasungu cops have won 11 games, lost five and drawn three times.
Team manager Ishmael Mdoka expressed optimism of playing in the Super League next season.
‘We have been motivated by the construction of the new stadium and TN Stars promotion. We will work hard so that come next season, we will be playing in the top league.
“We are doing all we can to motivate our players,” he said.
On financial sustainability, Mdoka said Kasungu Police is different from other police teams.
“This team was formed on the background of community policing. It has a board of trustees composed of the local community. It is a community team and most of the financiers are businesspersons from Kasungu such that we are financially sound,” he said.
Nevertheless, Mdoka admitted that they face stiff competition from five other teams—one time TNM Super League outfit Dedza Young Soccer Stars, Mlatho Mponela from Mponela, Support Battalion and Airborne Rangers—in their quest to win the league.
Only a point separates them from second-placed Airborne Rangers, which was also once a Super League team, on second position and there is a four point gap with third-placed Mlatho Mponela.
CRFA chairperson Austin Ajawa said there is stiff competition in the league.
“It has been very close first round as the gap is so thin. It is too early to make a call. It will be tight right to the end and this is good for competition and as it brings excitement,” he said.