Newly promoted TNM Super League side Envirom FC stunned Red Lions FC when they narrowly defeated them 1-0 on Sunday in a strength-testing pre-season match played at Zomba Community Centre ground.
The Zomba-based soldiers played second fiddle to the visitors and looked rusty, evidenced by needless loss of ball possession to their opponents on many occasions.
However, the first half had less goal-mouth action as both sides confined their play in the centre part of the field.
Fielding their experienced side, the soldiers missed several goal-scoring opportunities with Dickson Mbetewa Junior and Kumbukani Mwambene being the main culprits. Both sides were goalless at half-time.
Five minutes after resumption, the visitors got their first goal through dreadlocked Henry Namango. It was a move which started from Alick M’madi in midfield who released Taonga Munthali on the right to send a brilliant low cross for Namango to tap the ball home for the lone goal of the match.
The goal seemed to have jolted the soldiers into action as they pressurized their opponents for an equalizer. They were denied twice by Envirom’s goal minder Blessings Malaya whose reflexes in goals were a marvel to watch.
In the 60th minute Ian Banda could have doubled the advantage but Lions’ goalkeeper Brighton Ngwenyama was equal to the challenge for an abortive corner.
Envirom paraded the new notable face of Azam Tigers central defender Acid Sumbeja. They also had other players such as M’madi and Zikhole Nguluwe who were loaned out to TNM Super League relegated side Bvumbwe Research last season.
In a post-match interview Envirom FC owner Emmanuel Viola expressed optimism that his side will make an impact in the forthcoming season.
“We are a bit fine but with some work to be done in other departments of the team. I am sure the coach has seen where we are going wrong. We will also have to perfect our fitness levels to match with the demanding elite league,” he said.
Red Lions officials were not available for comment after the match.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :