Civil Sporting Saturday had to dig deep to come from behind to force a 1-1 draw against spirited Mzuni in the TNM Super league played at Civo stadium.
The students of Mzuzu displayed a rare touch of football where they were so solid in defence and this prevent Civil to discharge their free scoring football.
With the draw, Civil still remains fourth on the log with 29 points from 18 games while Mzuni moved to 10th with 20 points from 17 games.
Barely four minutes into the game Mzuni’s striker Chisomo Gedion opened the score sheet when he nodded home Gift Kasambala’s cross beating Civil’s custodian Tione Tembo.
In the 25th minute Civil’s Fletcher Bandawe header went wide after left back Willard Dickson had sent an inviting cross in Mzuni defenders Wakisa Mwenenguwo and Lughano Kayira failed to clear the lines.
A minute later the students responded positively when Kasambala’s 27 metre drive eluded Tembo in goals before going over the bar.
In the 40th minute, Mzuni could have buried the game when Gideon’s header hit the up left and keeper was completely beaten.
With pressure surmounting Civil made a false substition as their midfield was out of control and they rested Patrick Thupi for Ignicious Makoloni in order to hold elusive Brave Phiri and Deco Nyemera just four minutes to internal.
Students were happy a 1-0 lead at half time as they looked to be in control of the game as opposed to the tired looking servants.
Civil’s Raphael Phiri who was a shadow of himself nearly cancelled the lead in the 47 th minute when he blasted over the bar after Bandawe had flicked Dickson’s long continental throw in.
Bandawe levelled the scores in the 57th minute when he intercepted Bob Longwe’s back pass before planting home it home.
Mzuni’s Hardy Milanzi Could have claimed a winner for the traveling students in the 71st minute when he shot wide from close range after a well delivered free kick taken Vicky Gondwe.
Civil tried to push for a winner but they lacked fire power as their match maker Righteous Banda and Innocent Tanganyika failed to penetrate throug solid Mzuni defence.
The last 10 minutes both teams tried to push forward in order to get the required results but goal scoring was a challenged.
” I think the 1-1 draw has been a fair result as both teams played equally good and It could have been unfair for someone to snatch a late winner,” a soccer fan, Matanda Chitseko observed.
The students have a date against defending champions Kamuzu Barracks Sunday at the same venue.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :