Mafco, Mzuni upbeat on relegation survival


Mafco coach Tione Mhone says he is optimistic that his team will survive TNM Super League relegation despite the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) outfit’s continued failure to win matches as the season draws closer to the finish line.

On Sunday, Mafco failed to chalk their fourth win of the season after gicing away a 2-1 lead to draw 2-2 with Civil Sporting Club at Civo Stadium.

Masoatheka (R) receiving his SPA Man-of-the-Match trophy from Sulom’s Aggrey Khonje

The MDF outfit has 17 points from 21 matches and is on position 15, just above bottom placed Nchalo United.

“We don’t deserve to be on that position. Some teams deserve be in relegation zone but not us,” he said.

Mafco have nine games to save themselves and Mhone was hopeful that they will survive owing to their improved striking force.

Mafco forward Martin Masoatheka, who was among the scorers, was named SPA Man-of-the-Match.

Meanwhile, Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC coach Gilbert Chirwa says the students are out of danger after beating Masters Security 2-0 at Mzuzu Stadium on Sunday.

This was the third consecutive home win for the students having defeated Civil Sporting Club 2-1 and Dwangwa United 2-0 two weeks ago.

The students are now out of relegation zone on position 13 with 24 points from 22 games .

Dwangwa United are now occupying position 14 with 23 points but from 20 games.

“We created a number of chances and Masters Security didn’t create even one, an indication that we were defending well besides attacking. This shows that we are now set and we will survive the relegation,” he said.

Ghanaian Michael Tetteh  scored the students’ first goal in the 13th minute.

Rhamadan Ntafu scored the second goal a minute before full time to seal the victory.

Masters Security team manager Muhammad Selemani conceded defeat, saying Mzuni FC was a better side than Moyale Barracks with whom they drew 1-1 on Saturday.

“We did not display our football. We gave Mzuni much respect. We provide more space for Mzuni to control the affairs,” he said.

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