Epac FC, alias Njenjete zaku Lilongwe were on the loose again Sunday, September 01, 2013, when they thoroughly demolished Civo United 3-0 in an entertaining TNM Super League match played at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
Though playing at their backyard, Civo were deemed visitors as this was a home fixture for Njenjete, who use Civo Stadium as their home ground.
The home team tag fitted the Dini Jossiah boys well as they were on target eight minutes from the break- courtesy of a beautiful strike from man-of-the-match Mussa Manyenje, who beat Civo goalkeeper Innocent Phiri after a brilliant exchange of passes with Ishmael ‘Mr Epac’ Thindwa.
Before the goal, both teams were forced to make unplanned replacements following the injury of midfielders Bright Phiri and Jabulani Linje, who collided head as they fought for an aerial ball.
The two players bled profusely and Linje was rushed to hospital for proper treatment with his Epac colleague fixed with a bandage around his head.
Both sides made changes in the second half with Epac’s Abbas Makawa bringing in Christopher Kautsire for Ibu Sidick while his counterpart Thom Nkorongo brought in Davie Ng’ambi for John Chizuze and midfielder Joseph Kachule for defender Emmanuel Zoya.
Civo’s hopes for an equalizer vanished into thin air midway into the second half when Manyenje claimed a brace after receiving another pass from Thindwa.
Epac could have been awarded a penalty in the 74th minute when Manyenje was tripped down in the box after beating a Civo defender but Fifa referee Duncan Lengani waved play-on. Before the Epac’s bench could finish protesting the referee’s move, wonderboy Jafali Chande made it 3-0 after breaking clear from Civo’s off-side trap.
Makawa was happy with the victory, hoping his young charges would do well again in their closing first round fixture against Mafco at Chitowe.
Nkorongo, who has now finished his first round assignments accepted the defeat, saying his boys did not put in much effort more especially in the second half.
On Saturday, Civo won 3-1 against visiting Evirom from Blantyre, who completed their tour of central region with another 3-2 loss at the hands of Kamuzu Barracks in Dedza.
In other results on Sunday, Mighty ‘Nyerere’ Wanderers concluded their first round assignments with a 2-0 loss against Moyale Barracks whereas Mponela United forced a 1-all draw against Blantyre United at Kamuzu Stadium.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :