Former Malawi national football team coach Kinnah Phiri’s honeymoon is over after he was handed his first loss at Tanzania flagship league when Mbeya City Council lost to Azam 3-0 at home.
The game was Kinnah’s third game in charge since moving to the East African nation on February 8 having started on a good note with a goal-less draw away against Tanzania Prison on February 9.
The draw capped a brilliant start to the former Nyasa Bullets and Free State Stars coach as Mbeya were underdogs before the match.
Mbeya in an instant mark of rejuvenation under the tutelage of the Malawian tactician thrashed Toto Africans 5-1 in his second game in charge away from home.
But the promising start came to a rude awakening when the title contenders crashed them 3-0 at their backyard.
The result has accounted for four points out of a possible nine points putting the team in the middle of the table at position 8 in the 16 team league.
The results have also slightly inched the team a step up from nine at the time Jinnah was engaged on a two-year contract.
Although officials of the team said they would not expect the Malawi football legend to win anything hinted on seeing an improved team which finished third and fourth during the 2014 and 2015 seasons respectively.
Kinnah joined Mbeya after saving Mzuni FC from the crashing jaws of relegation when he was engaged as technical director following his sacking at South Africa’s top league side Free State Stars.