Kondwani Kumwenda scored a controversial goal five minutes before regulation time as Nyasa Big Bullets savaged maximum against Karonga United at the Kamuzu Stadium.
Karonga were first to get on the score-sheet early into the game with Khumbo Msowoya the goal scorer. However their lead was shortlived as Chiukepo Msowoya got Bullets back into the game midway the first half.
Soon after Bullets’goal, Karonga were a marvel to watch as they had much of the ball to the delight of a few section of fans who cheered the northern region side. Their dominance in possession could not produce the goals before Bullets were awarded a penalty which Chiukepo converted.
However, Karonga were back in the game again a few minutes away from the halftime whistle with Khumbo Msowoya completing his brace. Soon after the recess, William Mwalwimba scored a third goal for Karonga. Bullets were back in the game with Chiukepo again heading in a Henry Magetsi Kabichi cross.
Both teams made substitutions in search for a winning goal but it was Bullets who had a final say. Mussa Manyenje beat an offside trap five minutes before the 90 minutes to release Kondwani Kumwenda to tap in the People’s team fourth and winning goal.
The decision to award Bullets a fourth goal did not go well with Karonga United players and some officials who protested to the referee Happy Ng’ambi. The game was stopped for about 3 to 4 minutes before Karonga United Coach Oscar Kaunda intervened allowing his players to resume the game.
It was 4-3 the final score-line to the delight of Bullets Coach Lloyd Nkhwazi who praised his charges for the win.
“It’s an important win for us. We were looking forward to this win. However let me admit that Karonga gave us a tough run but in the end we proved our worth. I hope this will motivate us in the remaining games,” said Nkhwazi.
He said it was a resounding statement of intent for title defence/
For his part, Kaunda called it a “fake result” as he bemoaned poor officiation but later congratulated Bullets for the win.
“It’s very unfortunate that our game is failing to develop and among such factors is poor officiation. I guess it’s high time Football authorities took a tough stand against this syndrome. I congratulate Bullets for the win and they too knows that officiation was not good,”said the former CIVO Coach.
Meanwhile, General Secretary for the Super League Association of Malawi William Banda says they are yet to receive a match report and complaints but admitted to have been tipped of what occurred at the match.
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