Tigers draw with Moyale irks coach Mpulula: Malawi TNM Super League

Azam Tigers coach Leo Mpulula  expressed frustration with his side  for creating a lot of scoring opportunities which the strikers  failed to score  after salvaging a 1-1 draw with Moyale Barracks in the TNM Super League on Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium.

Mpulula blamed his strikers for making what he called a simple game to be difficult.

“It was frustrating because we had the opportunities to win,” said  Mpulula.

“My strikers made a simple game very difficult. Let me admit it here that we are lacking finishing power upfront because there is no way we can fail to score goals out of the so many chances we created in the entire game,” said the Tigers coach who for most part of the game was on the touch line giving tips to his players.

Mpulula hinted that he will lobby Tigers FC executive committee to buy two or three strikers to beef up his striking department.

Azam Tigers coach Leo Mpululadejected after Moyale's equalizer....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Azam Tigers coach Leo Mpululadejected after Moyale’s equalizer….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

While his opposite member, Nicolas Mhango attributed their draw to Friday’s fracas game when ganyu supporters were involved in a running battle with the soldiers.

During Envirom against Red Lions Carlsberg Cup match, ganyu supporters pelted stones to Red Lions supporters and soldiers in the presence of Moyale Barracks players, who came to witness the match.

“We played with fear with what happened on Friday when our brothers-in-arms were injured with stones from ganyu supporters. Moyale are for football nothing else,” said Mhango.

The game

Back to the game on Saturday, Azam Tigers were the first to score in the 10th minute through Lawrence Milanzi from the spot kick after a Tigers striker was pulled  down by a Moyale  defender in the forbidden area.

Howevera, the Mzuzu based soldiers equalized later on courtesy of Sandros Munthali’s intelligent free-kick outside the 18 yard box.

Both sides put up a gallant fight but with Tigers FC having an upper hand as they invaded Moyale’s territory for several times only to be frustrated by man of the match Mac Donald Harawa in goals.

Tigers, who have themselves to blame for failing to secure maximum points created more than 15 clear chances but the  striking force was blunt.

However, Moyale also tried to search for a winning goal through Gastin Simkonda but Bashir Maunde stood firmly on Tigers defence.

Game in process....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Game in process….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Lawrence Milanzi celebrating his goal....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Lawrence Milanzi celebrating his goal….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Azam Tigers players celebrating their goal....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Azam Tigers players celebrating their goal….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Moyale Barracks coach Nicolas Mhango after the game....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Moyale Barracks coach Nicolas Mhango after the game….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Time for Flames coach to wish the two teams well....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Time for Flames coach to wish the two teams well….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Moyale bench....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Moyale bench….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Azam Tigers players who were on the bench.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Azam Tigers players who were on the bench…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Moyale FC posing for Nyasa Times.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Moyale FC posing for Nyasa Times…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Azam Tigers FC players [oses for Nyasa Times before the game.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Azam Tigers FC players [oses for Nyasa Times before the game…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

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