TNM Super League has proved to be too hot for the Lower Shire outfit, Nchalo United, as they have been demoted to the premier division of Southern Region Football Association.
The relegation follows a 3-1 defeat on a hot cloudy Sabbath afternoon to Dwangwa United at Kalulu Stadium in Chikwawa.
The visitors took a lead through Grecian Chinkhande’s strike which was cancelled few minutes later by the hosts’ attacker Edwin Kanyuka to give hope to Macdonald Yobe’s side that salvaging much needed three points was possible.
Sam Gunda and Victor Harawa scored late to ensure that the financially struggling Nchalo should bid farewell to the top flight with four matches to play before they wrap up the 2018 season.
Nchalo are currently first from the bottom with 13 points and if they win all their remaining matches they may go up to 25 points which are insufficient to reach on 13th position which is at the moment being held by TN Stars who have got 30 points.
Following the victory, Dwangwa have moved up to position 10 with 31 points from 24 matches played so far.
In another match, Red Lions have dropped into the relegation zone following a 2-0 loss to Karonga United in a crucial match played at Karonga Stadium.
Anthony Mfune and Victor Lungu’s goals were enough to move Karonga out of the drop zone as they are fifth from the bottom with 30 points while Red Lions are in danger of facing the chop as they are on 14th on the log with 28 points.
Elsewhere, Mafco thumped TN Stars 2-0 to keep survival hopes alive as Zikhole Ngulube and Martin Masoatheka were on target for the former in a match staged at Chitowe ground.
Despite the win, Mafco are still second from bottom with 24 points and are remaining with five matches to wrap up their 2018 season assignments.