TNM Super League debutants, Chitipa United, are yet to register a win since their promotion from the Northern Region Simama Premier League into the country’s top flight league.
In their opener, they held giants Nyasa Big Bullets to a goalless draw at Mzuzu Stadium on May 6, but went on to lose back to back in the southern region a week later, against Premier Bet Wizards and Blantyre United.
Last Sunday at Mzuzu Stadium, Chitipa United also failed to register their first win when they went down 0-1 to Red Lions of Cobbe Barracks, from the old capital, Zomba.
In the 9th minutes , midfield workhorse Chikoti Chirwa unleashed a thunderous shot from 45 metres but Chitipa United goalkeeper Lloyd Munthali was well alert to parry the ball over the cross bar for a corner.
Barely 60 seconds later, United’s danger man, Abel Mwakilama, received a through ball from the middle of the park, raced dangerously towards the soldiers’ goal but goalkeeper Jacob Kaunda came in time to grab the ball from his feet.
In the 28th minute, Innocent Bokosi won the ball inside the centre circle and kicked it through Chitipa United defence. Lot Chawinga’s pace allowed him to get the through ball behind the defence and zigzagged his way through goalkeeper Lloyd Munthali before tapping the ball into the empty net; 1nil to Red Lions.
The Lions could score again in the 36th minute when Innocent Bokosi released his younger brother Royall Bokosi with a decent pass towards United’s goal, but Royal’s shot hit the upright.
And 20 minutes into the second half, Simon Mbewe for Chitipa United was fouled in the 18 metre box by goalkeeper Jacob Kaunda in a goalmouth scramble and referee James Chisunkha had to award a penalty to Chitipa United.
Abel Mwakilama stepped up with hope to register his first TNM Super League goal but after successfully sending the goalkeeper the wrong way, his kick hit the left upright.
1-0 it ended in favour of Red Lions after 90 minutes.
Speaking to Nyasa Times after the match, Chitipa United mentor, Kondwani Toots Mwalweni, said luck was not on his side.
“The team is jelling well and we were able to attack well but we couldn’t hit the back of the net. There is nothing to worry about as of now. We will soon start winning our games because my players are responding remarkably well to instructions,” retorted Mwalweni.
The winning coach Mike Kumanga said he was so happy to go back to Zomba with four points.
“I am very happy that we have managed to collect three points today. I told my boys not to panic but to play their normal game. It worked, we got a goal in the first half and managed to defend it up to the last whistle,” explained Kumanga.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :