If you cannot do it on the pitch, then ask God to intervene, yes, that’s what Civo Service United executive committee has done by seeking Devine intervention as the team is on the verge of being relegated from TNM Super League.
Their latest defeat to Blue Eagles at home on Wednesday afternoon has left the Civil Servants in the bottom three with less than five games to play and any mistake in their remaining games will see them joining the Premier Division.
And after yesterday’s defeat, the team’s Vice General Secretary Richard Chiwaula says it’s only God who can save them from the chop.
“We have done everything in our power to save the team from being relegated by motivating the players but the results are not coming, what else can we do to save the team? Just before this game, we promised the players more perks if they avoid defeat but we have lost again and with fewer games remaining, only God can save us.”
“It will be sad to see a team of Civo’s caliber being relegated to the premier division, it will be very shameful so we are asking God to help us, there is nothing more we can do apart from seeking his intervention,” he said.
However, despite the defeat, Civo’s interim manager Charles Manda remains hopeful of his team’s survival.
““With five games to go before winding up the season I am very optimistic that my side will remain in the league. We will not give up till the final whistle and in football, anything can happen,” he said.
Their next assignment is a home crash against inform Kamuzu Barracks on Sunday at Civo Stadium in a must win game for the Civil Servants.
A lot of soccer pundits have blamed Civo’s executive committee for the team’s poor performance saying the decision to fire Oscar Kaunda backfired.
Kaunda was fired just a month after leading Civo to Standard Bank Cup success for failing to possess the minimum CAF B Coaching License which is the minimum requirement for Super League coaches set by the Football Association of Malawi (FAM)
As if that was not enough, the executive committee failed to replace some of the key players they sold to other teams just before the 2016 soccer season.
If they fail to survive, Civo will become the second biggest team to drop to the premier division following Escom United in 2012.