New-comers in the country’s top flight league, Ekwendeni Hammers, are now on position four on the log table after a convincing 3-nil victory over rivals Mzuzu Warriors in a Mzuzu City derby that took place on Saturday at Mzuzu Stadium.
Hammers made their intent clear right from the first whistle as they attacked more and dominated play with purposeful passes especially in the midfield where they featured Omega Mhone, Blessings Singini, Robert Sulitha and Brian Phiri giving tough time to the Warriors defence with dangerous penetrating balls.
In the 14th minute, a cutting pass by Omega Mhone found Joseph Mbewe in the 18 metre box and his thunderous shot was reached by Warriors goalkeeper Leonard Manda with a visible determined stretch but the ball slipped off his hands and kissed the net.1 nil.
The Warriors continued to be second on the ball with Hammers still confident on ball and enjoying a lion’s share of possession. Another brilliant exchange of passes between Omega Mhone and Clever Kaira in the 33rd minute ended into a decent cross inside but behind lethal attackers Brian Phiri and Joseph Mbewe.
Joseph Mbewe went on to score a brace in the 69th minute bringing the morale for Warriors players even lower.
Clever Kaira sealed the game at 3 nil, 2 minutes into added time before referee Misheck Juwa blew the final whistle.
Speaking to sports journalists after the match, assistant coach for Mzuzu Warriors, Lawrence Waya, said it was bad to lose with such a margin.
“Hammers were fast on the ball. They were a better team today. We need to go back to the drawing table and try to work on our weaknesses,” explained Waya.
Assistant coach for Ekwendeni Hammers, Lackson Nyoni, said he expected his side to score more than three goals.
“The boys played according to instructions. We told them not to keep the ball much because of the muddy pitch. We expected to score more than three goals. We intend to be consistent and our main aim this debut season is simply to stay in the league,” Nyoni explained.
Hammers are now on position 4 with 13 points from 7 games while the Warriors are on position 13 with 5 points, also from 7 games.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :