Blue Eagles say although Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward are tipped as hot contenders for the TNM Super League title, they also stand a good chance.
The Malawi Police Service (MPS) side is third in the 16-team top-flight league with 44 points from 24 games, five points adrift of leaders Bullets and four behind second-placed Nomads.
However, the Area 30-based cops have played a game more than the top two teams who are left with seven games apiece.
A 2-0 victory over Be Forward Wanderers last Sunday has given Eagles a boost in their title aspirations and their coach DeKlerk Msakakuona said his charges should not be left out of the equation.
Eagles’ maximum points are 62, eight behind the leaders’ ceiling.
Said Msakakuona in an interview: “The battle is still on. There is a long way to go. Six games are a lot and anything can happen. If we do well in our remaining fixtures, then we could be in the picture. But every game will not be an easy one for sure.”
Bullets assistant coach Peter Mponda and Wanderers head coach Bob Mpinganjira also said the race is open.
Said Mponda: “It is still wide open. Any of the top three can win it although Wanderers and us appear favourites.”
On his part, Mpinganjira said: “Every game is a difficult match. There are teams fighting relegation and they fight hard to get points. It’s a difficult stage in the league. We need to work extra hard.”
The bottom six—Savenda Chitipa, Dwangwa United, Mzuni, Mlatho Mponela, Ntopwa United and Masters Security—are all not safe.
Chitipa United general secretary Pickford Kamanga was apprehensive of his team’s survival chances.
“It’s our wish to stay in the league, but let us wait and see. The battle is still on. Slips by those below us may boost our survival chances,” said Kamanga, whose team is sixth from the bottom on 28 points from 24 matches.
Masters anchor the table with 17 points from 23 matches, Ntopwa are second from the bottom with 20 points from 24 matches and Mlatho are third from the bottom with 21 points from 23 matches.