Bad weekend for Wizards FC in Mzuzu: Malawi TNM Super League

Wizards FC were taught yet another bitter lesson in the TNM Super League when they went down 2 nil to Moyale Barracks on Sunday at Mzuzu Stadium.

Dejected Wizards players
Dejected Wizards players
Victory sure from Moyale coach Collins Nkuna...Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
Victory sure from Moyale coach Collins Nkuna…Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

The two teams settled down very quickly into the game but the issue of skill on the part of Wizards versus skill and experience on the part of Moyale Barracks was quite clear from the outset.

Experienced and influential striker, Gastin Simkonda, for Moyale Barracks, had his thunderous shot stopped by goalkeeper Davie Pashani in the 14th minute while Hendrix Misinde wasted a Wizards clear chance alone in front of goal in the 21st minute after a well delivered cross from the right by Keston Kasonda.

It was then the lions of Kaning’ina who visited the Wizards half more than their opponents did, winning more free kicks and shooting more at goal in the process.

Captain for Wizards FC, Tilekeleni Joseph, was red carded in the 37th minute by Referee Misheck Juwa.

He first deliberately handled the ball, an offence which earned him a yellow card and continuous protesting and use of unprofessional language earned him another yellow resulting into a red card. 0-0 it remained at half time.

The second half saw a much composed Wizards FC, playing their passing game but could not penetrate the Moyale defence of Boyboy Chima, Captain Lovemore Mitengo, Ntopijo Njewa and Lovemore Jere to shoot at goal.

In the 77th minute, a high ball from the middle of the park was floated into the Wizards 18 metre box resulting into an aerial combat between Khuda Muyaba and goalkeeper Davie Pashani. A slight touch with the head by Muyaba saw the ball tantalizing into the empty net to make it Moyale Barracks 1, Wizzards FC 0.

Two minutes later, a searching cross from the right by Timothy Nyirenda found Gastin Simkonda, again in the air, who beat the Wizards goalkeeper to score Moyale’s second and last goal in the game.

Team Manager for Wizards FC, Fundi Akidu, admitted that it has been a very pathetic away experience in Mzuzu considering that his team also lost 1 nil to MZUNI FC on Saturday at the same venue.

He was however quick to say there a number of games to play before the season comes to an end and that chances are there for his team to start performing as expected.

“We created chances in the second half and utilized some of those chances to score our two important goals. It is our wish to be TNM Super League Champions this season and I know this is achievable,” said Collins Mkuna, coach for Moyale Barracks after the game.

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