Blantyre United relegated from Malawi TNM Super League

It is unusual for both Blantyre United and Mafco  FC coaches to step away from their coaching bench and express a similar level of rueful disappointment after the 2-all draw on Sunday.

Mpulula giving instructions on the touchline

Mpulula giving instructions on the touchline

Coach Mpulula: Dissapointed

Coach Mpulula: Dissapointed

Part of the game

Part of the game

Game on

Game on

Mafco salvaged a draw

Mafco salvaged a draw

Blantyre United Down and out

Blantyre United Down and out

That was the case on Sunday, when Blantyre United coach Leo Mpulula  lamented how Mphembedzu  were to cling on to what would have been a satisfying victory, followed by Stereo Gondwe for Mafco airing his deep frustration with the draw.

Mpulula  was distinctly unimpressed with his team’s habit of enjoying possession but conceding self-inflicted goals due to defensive lapses. And it costed them deeply on Sunday.

Following this result, Blantyre United  have 21 points, 7 points behind Airborne Rangers and, with 2 games to wrap up the season, they are down and out.

For the Salima based soldiers, the consolation of a draw salvaged by a late combination between Martin Masoatheka  and Calisto Kalinda certainly reduces the heat that was beginning to boil up inside the barracks towards the end of the game when one of their players was given marching orders.

It was an odd, jerking see-saw of a contest.

Blantyre United  began in such casual mood Mafco  could have been in charge early on as they created a string of chances. Blantyre United   goalkeeper, excelled to beat down a drive from Saidi Mtekama and then tip over Masoatheka  pearl of a curling shot.

The initial sluggishness from the home side  was punished in virtuoso style by Sadick Wachimwa in the 13th minute. Masoatheka  run down the right propelled him into the box, and he struck early – low and lethal – to give Mafco  the lead.

Not for long. Calisto Kalinda’s powerful weaving run carved through the heart of Leo Mpulula’s makeshift defence. Innocent Jere the emergency centre-half  to cover the defence from the midfield, showed scant resistance.

Blantyre United centre back was too easily pulled away, and Kalinda  dinked finish was cooly executed.

It got much worse for Mafco  as they started the second half as if in a distant reverie.

Straight from kick-off Blantyre United  passed the ball neatly and found Abraham Kamwendo on the
right flank. There were plenty of home defenders in the box as he crossed, but  movement was so switched on, so alert, he ruthlessly exposed Mafco defence  to  equalize  for Blantyre United.

Mafco  strained to get a foothold back in the game. Their play was intricate, and Blantyre United
defensive and midfield blocks presented a formidable barrier.

The trio of Innocent Jere, Abraham Kamwendo, and Jide showed great resolve.

Blantyre United bench  was thick with frustration.

Assistant coach Heston Munthali  looked stressed on the touchline. The atmosphere was tempestuous.

Blantyre United  came close when Joe Khomani  ghosted in to glance in a fine header – matched by a superb tip-over from Mafco coach.

Finally, Blantyre United made the difference with a spurt of inspiration and a clever assist for Taonga Malasa , who finished smartly with his right foot.

However, towards the end of the match almost 7 minutes before regulation time, Calisto Kalinda broke Blantyre United hearts when he scored an equalizer.

“It’s the fourth time we have conceded late in the fame,” said Mpulula.

Mpulula was annoyed. “I We had 80% possession and only one point.”

 

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2 thoughts on “Blantyre United relegated from Malawi TNM Super League”

  1. Central province says:

    Southerners should learn a lesson

  2. ANALYST says:

    This is great news for teams from the Central Region – having two teams from the South relegated – means they will travel less to the South next season! Football is in the Centre…..

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