Dwangwa boost survival hopes with win over Mzuni: Malawi TNM Super League

Dwangwa United’s hopes of surviving relegation in the country’s top flight league were revived on Sunday when they whipped Mzuni FC 3-1 at Mzuzu Stadium.

Dwangwa United..
Dwangwa United..
Dwangwa coach MC Donald Mtetemera: We will survive
Dwangwa coach MC Donald Mtetemera: We will survive

From the first whistle, Dwangwa United were asking questions that were difficult to respond to by Mzuni FC as they exchanged passes brilliantly looking for an early goal.

Excellent communication on the ball between Ganizani James and Jack Chiona in the 12th minute allowed Chiona to deliver a marvelous cross into the box and Hassan Upindi was in the right position to head the ball into the net. The scoreboard read 1-0 in favour of Dwangwa United.

Mzuni FC coach, Alex Ngwira, was forced to replace Fraston Chisi who was not ticking on the left flank for Luckson Singano in the 29th minute.

Just 3 minutes before half time, Jack Chiona’s pinpoint free kick found Patrick Macheso who missed the Mzuni goal with a whisker.

In the second half, the green intellectuals looked a changed side as they attacked fiercely to get an equalizer.

Just 20 seconds into the half, Luckson Singano broke through Dwangwa United defence but all alone with the goalkeeper, shot completely off target.

Singano was at it again 5 minutes later in a goalmouth scramble when his shot was fumbled by goalkeeper Leonard Manda for Dwangwa United and Steve Madimba stepped in time to tap the ball into the net. 1-1 read the scoreboard.

In the 72nd minute, a fierce attack by Dwangwa United resulted in Jack Chiona’s header hitting the cross bar and Patrick Macheso was in time to take a rebound into Mzuni’s net. 2-1 to Dwangwa United.

About 6 minutes before the end of the game, Timothy Silwimba for Mzuni FC handled the ball in the 18 metre box. Referee Newton Nyirenda did not hesitate to point to the penalty spot. Jack Chiona Chiona stepped up to convert from the spot kick.

The game ended 3-1 in favour of Dwangwa United.

Speaking to Nyasa Times after the game, Dwangwa United Coach McDonald “Nginde” Mtetemera said his charges know what they want.

“I am proud of the boys. They are working very very hard. We are treating each game as a cup final. We are approaching each and every game seriously and I am confident that the team will remain in the Super League,” he added.

His opposite number Alex Ngwira, said his team did not go into camp in preparation the game.

“It is an administrative issue; the strike by staff at Mzuzu University has affected us in one way or another. We hope the situation will improve and we can start winning our games,” said Ngwira.

Dwangwa United are temporarily out of the relegation zone as they have dislodged Civo United on position 13.

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