Blantyre Utd score first win, Civo woes continue: Malawi TNM Super League

Heads down for Civo players after the game....Photo JJeromy Kadewere

Heads down for Civo players after the game….Photo JJeromy Kadeweretyre

Blantyre United coach Elijah Kananji Lavished praise on his charges after they registered   their first TNM Super League win of the season on Sunday.

United saw off Civo United narrowly 1-0 in a dull encounter characterized by long balls and wasted chances at Kamuzu Stadium putting pressure to the civil servants with continued run of poor results.

Civo has only managed a point since the inception of the league when they drew 0-0 with Azam Tigers on Saturday at Kalulu Stadium.

In Sunday’s encounter, Blantyre United kicked off the match on a high note with Sparrow Msowoya and Abraham Kamwendo co-coordinating brilliantly putting Civo’s defence under pressure.

Kamwendo, who was lively in the left wing, nearly converted a low cross from  Msowoya who had to beat Emmanuel Zoya but his shot was very weak that it could not even break an ice cream.

Another notable chance came the Blantyre United way in the 36th minute when Msowoya’s shot was saved by Civo goalkeeper.

After throwing away good scoring opportunities, Blantyre United approached the game on a serious note in the 77th minute when Muhammad Sulumba got hold of the ball inside the 18 yard box, with confidence and will power danced his way through before unleashing a hard shot, which was too much for Civo custodian to handle.

However, Civo tried to come back into the game towards the end of the first half but could not find the goal.

In the second half, Civo also missed the opportunity to equalize as their captain Emmanuel Zoya missed a penalty.

Blantyre United coach Kananji said it was a tough match but was glad they had sailed through.

“We deserved to win. If we hadn’t won today it would have been absolutely desperate,” said Kananji.

“They had their strength towards the end of the game but we managed to contain them which means we are definitely the best,” Kananji told Nyasa Times.

On his part, Civo coach Thom Mkorongo said his payers put up a good performance and was upbeat that they will get the results.

“We cannot blame anybody but what l can assure our fans is that we will improve in our game,” said Mkorongo.

Blantyre United celebrating after the final whistle....Photo By Jeromy Kadewere

Blantyre United celebrating after the final whistle….Photo By Jeromy Kadewere

Blantyre United goalkeeper saved Zoya's penalty.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Blantyre United goalkeeper saved Zoya’s penalty…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Match action....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Match action….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Whose ball......Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Whose ball……Photo Jeromy Kadewere

The ball is mine....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

The ball is mine….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Civo United coach Thom Mkorongo after the final whistle being interviewed by members of the press.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Civo United coach Thom Mkorongo after the final whistle being interviewed by members of the press…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Blantyre United coach Elijah Kananji after the game....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Blantyre United coach Elijah Kananji after the game….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Zoya missed the spot kick....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Zoya missed the spot kick….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Teams ready for the kick-off....Photo By Jeromy Kadewere

Teams ready for the kick-off….Photo By Jeromy Kadewere

Abraham Kamwendo chasing for the ball....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Abraham Kamwendo chasing for the ball….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

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