Barely a season after being relegated from the TNM Super League, Karonga United FC are aiming for an immediate return to the top flight League, the club’s Generally Secretary said.
The Karonga-based FC are now playing in Northern region Simama League, after being relegated from Super League last season, they sit second on the log table, two points behind leaders Chilumba Barracks.
With Chilumba Baracks already ruled out for Super League promotion by the Malawi Defense Force even if they finish top of the League, Karonga United faces competition from teams like Rumphi Medicals and Zolozolo FC who sit third and fourth respectively on the log table, but the club’s General Secretary Ralph Kasililika, said Karonga United is very optimistic of going back in the Super League next season.
He said the ruling out of Chilumba Barracks from getting promoted, might again go to their advantage as they can still earn the promotion to Super League with a runner up finish.
“Karonga United belongs to the Super League and that’s our main objective this year, we hope to get back in super league next season, I think we have leant a lot from our past experience in the Super League. This time around, we want to go in the Super League to stay,” he said.
“We all know it is not easy to win games when every week we were travelling, in fact the major factor that led us to relegation last season was the issue of home ground. Every game was an away game for us. Now that our stadium (Karonga Stadium) is about to finish, we will be very strong in the League playing in front of our fans.”
Currently, there are only three out of 16 teams in the 2017 TNM Super League are from the north.
The teams are Chitipa United from Chitipa district, Mzuni Football Club (FC) and Moyale Barracks FC both from Mzuzu the northern green city of Malawi.