Blantyre United have made a statement of intent that they would fight to the end in their bid to avoid the drop in Malawi’s top flagship, TNM Super League after beating inconsistent Mighty Wanderers 1-0 at Balaka Stadium on Saturday.
The victory has lifted Blantyre United off the bottom of the log table by leapfrogging rookies Chikwawa United and Karonga United having amassed 17 points adrift of Kamuzu Barracks who are also in danger of losing the top league action.
The win was motivation for Leo Mpulula’s charges who have five games to wrap up this year campaign.
After over 40 minutes of excellent display of one-two passing football, the visitors finally broke the deadlock through a header from Taonga Malenga giving Nomads keeper Richard Chipuwa no chance.
The goal came as a result of poor communication between the goalkeeper and his defence.
Mighty Wanderers never said die as they continued to respond through a number of counter attacks but they could not find the back of the net.
Impressive United continued to display good football in the second half as they dominated the possession through former Wanderers right winger Abraham Kamwendo and the scorer of the loan goal Malenga who was also voted man of the match.
The Nomads pressurized and efforts from Mike Kaziputa, Cuthbert Sinetre, Kondwani Kumwenda and Jacob Ngwira all hit a snug.
They also made a couple of substitutions but yielded nothing as they could not find an equalizer.
They came close in the last 10 minutes of the match but overlapping defender Bongani Kaipa wasted a golden opportunity as he blasted the ball completely off target whilst unmarked in the penalty box.
There was wild celebration after the match for Blantyre United as they danced and sing praise songs for their coach Leo Mpulula whom they nicknamed Alex Ferguson.
In an interview after the match, Mpulula described the win as a sweet victory.
He, however, admitted there is still a long way to go to see the team surviving in the top flight TNM Super League.
“I am happy that we have won but there is still a long way to go; as you can see we are using young boys who are yet to mature” said Mpulula.
“We gave away so many games at the beginning of the season that we could have won and by now we could have talking of something else” he added.
Efforts to talk to Mighty Wanderers officials after the match proved futile as they went straight into the dressing room and then board the team bus in frustration.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :