Kamuzu Barracks FC returns to their base in Lilongwe after bagging six points from two of their TNM Super League outing in the Southern Region over the weekend.
Barely 24 hours after seeing off Azam Tigers at Kalulu Stadium in Chikhwawa on Saturday, the Lilongwe-based soldiers put up a gallant fight to overcome their brothers-in-arms Red Lions 2-1.
The closely fought but physical match was played at the Zomba Community Centre ground on Sunday.
Kelvin Hanganda was the hero of the day when he claimed a brace much to the excitement of his teammates.
He was on target with a bullet header in the 35th minute for the opener in the first half following a well-weighed cross from Ben Hojani on the right. Red Lions goalkeeper Brighton Ngwenyama was caught in no man’s land when he tried to save the situation.
Three minutes later Kumbukani Mwambene cancelled the lead with a low shot when he coolly controlled the ball in the goal area.
However, in the 69th minute Hanganda was on the limelight again with a similar finish following a well-taken free-kick by Hojani on the right. The Zomba-based soldiers responded by substituting goalkeeper Ngwenyama for Jacob Kaunda.
Two minutes to the stroke of full-time, Dave Banda for Kamuzu Barracks was given a red card in a second bookable offence by Fifa referee Denis Ngulube following an infringement on Chikoti Chirwa.
In a post-match interview, Kamuzu Barracks’ coach Charles Kamanga hailed his charges for displaying a spirited performance.
“Going back to Lilongwe with 6 points is no mean achievement. At this point, the league is hot and we need to collect as many maximum points as possible in our remaining four fixtures because anything can happen,” he said.
Red Lions team manager Alexander Saka accepted defeat and promised to fight hard and win the league.
“We were let down by goalkeeping but I know every player has his good or bad day. We could have done better
considering that this is our home ground,” said Saka.
This means Kamuzu Barracks are now fourth with 40 points from 24 games whereas Red Lions have dropped to second with 41 points.
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