The 3-1 loss to Nyasa Big Bullets on Wednesday has compounded misery on Zomba-based Malawi Defence Force (MDF) side Red Lions FC as they live dangerously on position 13, a step away from the relegation zone.
The Lions remain with five games in the TNM Super League to wrap up the season. They are left with Moyale Barracks and Mighty Mukuru Wanderers, and they will be on the road to the North to face Rumphi United and Karonga United. Kamuzu Barracks is also waiting in the wings to face the Zomba-based soldiers.
In a post-match interview, head coach Mike Kumanga described the situation as worrisome and needs to push up.
“It’s unfortunate that we are in this situation. The boys gave out their best today but lacked concentration towards the end of the match. Some of the goals we have conceded could have been avoided if the boys were on their toes. We need to put an extra gear to win the remaining games and climb up the ladder,” Kumanga said.
In the match played at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, Moses Nakumba gave false hopes for the Lions in the first half with a thumping header in the 21st minute. But the lead was short-lived a few minutes later when Alick Lungu restored parity to make it 1-1.
The second half saw Bullets coming out stronger when Hassan Kajoke outjumped his markers inside the box to nod home the second of the game in the 52nd minute. The goal came as a result from a well-taken corner kick by Patrick Mwaungulu who was also voted as man of the match.
Babatunde Adepoju consolidated Bullets’ lead in the 87th minute to rest the scores at 3-1 to the excitement of The People’s team followers. Babatunde now leads the scorers list with 12 goals followed by Chawanangwa Kaonga of Silver Strikers with 11 goals.
Nyasa Big Bullets leads the table with 55 points from 21 games played this far and seems destined to retain the title this season having opened 11-point gap.