Epac FC, alias ‘Njenjete zaku Lilongwe’ on Tuesday, Kamuzu Day handed Kamuzu Barracks FC their first league defeat after beating the soldiers 2-1 in an exciting game played before a good crowd at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
Until Tuesday, the soldiers from Malawi Defence Force headquarters were unbeaten, having thrashed Mponela United 5-2, drawn 0-0 against Silver and 1-all against their fellow soldiers Red Lions.
But they were in for a good test against the Dini Jossiah boys, who could have taken the lead 13 minutes into the game had it not been for first assistant referee Roy Williams’ incompetence or rather biasness.
Williams raised his flag for off-side when teenage striker Mussa Manyenje beautifully connected home a cross from a seemingly on-side position. Referee Jones Makuwira obliged by disallowing the clear goal.
After being saved by the officiating personnel, KB went on to take the lead in the 34th minute through Victor Saidi before captain Tsanzo Dalio leveled for Njenjete on the dot of half time.
Richard Chande added the second for Njenjete on 61 minutes with a powerful shot from the 18-yard box, which game KB goalkeeper Leman Nthala, brother to Flames’ first choice custodian Simplex Nthala no chance.
Manyenje nearly made it 3-1 in the 73rd minute but his poorly taken shot was blocked by Nthala in a one-on-one situation.
KB coach Kenwood Nkhoma gracefully accepted the defeat after the whistle.
“I cannot blame the referees or anybody else. We have lost the game and that is all I can say,” he said.
His counterpart Abbas Makawa said he just told his boys to play their usual game and not fear the soldiers.
In Mzuzu, Moyale Barracks came from behind to beat Mzuzu United 2-1 in a Mzuzu derby while Azam Tigers and Big Bullets played a goal-less draw at Kamuzu Stadium.
The result at Kamuzu Stadium means Tigers have not conceded any goal in four matches.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :