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Mzuni can survive with minimum 35 points- Analysts

Written by  Yohane Chideya


Mzuzu, September 11, 2015: As the second round of the 2015/16 TNM Super League gets underway this weekend, a renowned soccer analyst in the north says Mzuzu University (Mzuni) Football Club have to collect additional 24 points for them to be safe from relegation.

Mzuni finished the first round of the country's soccer elite competition third from bottom with 11 points on goal difference, while Epac who are currently occupying the final surviving spot in the 15 member-league have 13 points.

Elias Gomile, who once coached Eagle Strikers and Mzimba-based Ekwendeni Medicals, told Malawi News Agency (Mana) in an interview Friday that the students' side has the potential of staying up, observing that they just have to utilize their home games to add to their collection.

“In the first round they [Mzuni] failed to use their home advantage. Out of their five-streak of home games they only managed one win and a draw in the whole round, the rest were defeats and that is why they finished in the bottom three.

“If they are dreaming of playing in the [Super] league again next season, I am sure a total of 35 points will be enough to save their fate. But if they fail to take advantage of their home matches as it was the case in the first round, they will be doomed,” said Gomile.

Allan Nyirenda, who is sports news reporter for Voice of Livingstonia Radio, concurred with Gomile, saying the biggest challenge for Mzuni in the first round was that their striking force lacked the cutting edge.

“Mzuni is a good side that is why I believe that there is still a possibility they can escape relegation come end of the season. I watched their friendly game against Moyale Barracks last weekend, although they [Mzuni] lost 4-3, they were very sharp up front,” he observed.

Nyirenda was, however, quick to say that it will not be easy for the students, because the second round is more difficult and intense, describing it as survival of the fittest.

Mzuni begin their 2015/16 TNM Super League survival bid by hosting the capital city giants and eighth-placed Silver Strikers at the Mzuzu Stadium on Sunday.

Mzuni start life without their Burundi-born striker Amably Niyikiza who has made his way to the league toppers and champions Big Bullets at an undisclosed fee.


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