Bingu Tigresses wrapped up the 2012-2013 OG Issa Southern Region Netball League first round on a high note with a victory to their arch rivals MTL Queens in a controversial match which took place at Blantyre Youth Centre.
Tigresses, who has coach Charles Mhango shown marching orders in the fourth quarter after some tension on and outside the court, won by 39-31 baskets.
During the match, it was MTL who kicked-off the game on a high note as they dominated all the departments with the likes of no nonsense Joana Kachilika, Pilirani Banda, Thandiwe Magaleta and their vast experienced shooter Emma Mzagada.
Mzagada led her side to a 9-7 lead in the first quarter before Tigresses came with new ideas in the second quarter.
Sensing danger, Tigresses improved their game with Sindi ‘Sniper’ Simutowe being hero of the day alongside Lauren ‘ China’ Ngwira, and Beatrice Kadango.
In the second quarter, it was Tigresses leading 22-17 baskets.
However, in the last quarter MTL Queens lost rhythm of the game as their opponents were too hot to handle.
Tigresses with their slippery shooter Sindi Simutowe was on rampage in this final quarter as she notched important baskets that led to their victory.
Bingu Tigresses coach Charles Mhango accused the officiating personals of Steve Nyadila and Titus Wankhamwa for failing to handle the game.
“They failed to handle the game. Imagine they showed me marching orders just because l was trying to advise them to take control of the game. There were too many fouls that were left unpunished,” said Mhango.
The same sentiments were shared by MTL Queens coach Annie Kapatuka, who also blamed the umpires for messing up the encounter.
“We could have done better with good officiation, otherwise they spoiled the game,” she said.
Meanwhile, Escom Sisters are basking comfortably on the summit table with 33 points while Bingu Tigresses are coming second having accumulated 30 points.
MTL Queens are on third slot with 27 points, as Woget are chasing them closely on third position with 24 points.
Meanwhile, Aquaid is the only team to register a win in the entire first round, as they anchor the table without a point.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :