Three TNM Super League teams, Tigers FC, Ntopwa and Chitipa have wound up their first round assignments unsatisfactorily.
Chitipa United were the first to complete the league’s half cycle last weekend having lost all their two games away in Lilongwe.
The Northern Region side had moved out of the relegation zone and had hoped to finish outside the dreaded bracket after winning three back-to-back games.
But with 13 points Chitipa is back in the drop zone.
Ntopwa was the second side to complete its final two first round fixtures, losing both of them in the Northern Region over the weekend.
The Amaghetto kids went down 2-1 to Mzuzu Warriors on Saturday, before suffering another 3-1 defeat to Ekwendeni Hammers.
They have finished the first round sitting on position 12 with 14 points.
Ntopwa have lost five consecutive games and owner, Isaac Jomo Osman said he has already earmarked six players to beef up the squad.
“Three of our previous games we played without purpose, but these two in Mzuzu we were on top of our games. We managed to score and the boys were eager to win, unfortunately it did not work for us and as usual, I don’t blame my boys because I know they are playing good football. I have six players from our youth side and other teams whom I expect to drill into the team so that next round we should start on a promising note and maintain our place in the league,” he said.
Another team that has finished the first-round struggling is Tigers FC.
The Kaukau boys managed to collect two points from their two fixtures against Kamuzu Barracks and Silver Strikers in the Central Region.
Tigers forced a one-all draw against KB, before frustrating leaders Silver Strikers to a goalless encounter on Sunday.
Coach Trevor Kajawa still believes there is time to turn things around.
“We have learnt lessons that will guide us on what to work on in the second round. Going for recess, we will review all our shortfalls and trust me, next round we are coming out with more energy,” he said.
Silve lead the table with 32 points, six above second-placed Nyasa Big Bullets.