Tigers mauls KB: Malawi TNM Super League

Azam Tigers coach Gerald Phiri enjoyed vocal support from ganyu fans  as his side beat Kamuzu Barracks 1-0 in the TNM Super League on Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

Yamikani Chester was a marvel to watch...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Yamikani Chester was a marvel to watch…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Manase Chiyesa and Peter chasing the ball...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Manase Chiyesa and Peter chasing the ball…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Game hot...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Game hot…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Kamuzu Barracks  beanch with coach Billy Phambala ...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Kamuzu Barracks beanch with coach Billy Phambala …Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Tigers coach Gerald Phiri in a relaxed mood with technical director Robin Alufanduka..Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Tigers coach Gerald Phiri in a relaxed mood with technical director Robin Alufanduka..Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Tigers celebrations...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Tigers celebrations…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

KB players dejected after the match...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

KB players dejected after the match…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

In a game watched by a sizable crowd, there was little for both sides  to cheer until   the Kau-Kau boys scored   with a crisp half-volley after the goalkeeper Lemani Nthara had fumbled a Yamikani Chester’s cross.

The soldiers have themselves to blame for failing to secure victory, as they  had chances – twice in the first half with Manase Chiyesa being the main culprit.

The towering striker had a clear chance in the 17th minute, when he managed to beat Peter Cholopi in Tigers defence before shooting wide to the dismay of their bench, which saw Coach Billy Phambala shaking his head in anger.

At the other end of the pitch, and despite the visitors having just 30% of possession, Lemani Nthara  twice stopped Eliah Munthali  from scoring, while a third effort from the striker before the break bounced just wide.

It was the 60th -minute introduction of Diof Simaone  that turned the match in Kamuzu Barracks   favour. The energetic midfielder  gave his team much-needed spark and, within three minutes of coming on, he placed Harvey Mkacha well-directed header but oops! Mkacha’s last shot went over the bar.

Despite, scoring Tigers  were often uncomfortable defending Kamuzu Barracks  counter-attacks and had it not been for a well-timed Peter Cholopi’s tackle on Manase Chiyesa the visitors might have equalised.

After the match, Azam Tigers coach Gerald Phiri described their victory ‘sweet’ after a frustrating last week when they lost 1-0 to Dwangwa United.

“This was a sweet victory because we are coming from a defeat. Iam very delighted with our response and our boys put up a gallant fight,” said Phiri.

Kamuzu Barracks coach Billy Phambala said their  game plan worked really well but Tigers   made three or four good saves.

“ There was a five-minute spell when we were stretched and Tigers  managed to score in that spell. The last thing you can do down in the dogfight is feel sorry for yourselves. We didn’t get what we deserved. We need three displays like that in the next three games,” said Phambala.

Kamuzu Barracks next game is on Sunday against Red Lions in Zomba.

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1 thought on “Tigers mauls KB: Malawi TNM Super League”

  1. msalanyama says:

    do you know “mauls” ? title should reflect the content of the story…..

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