Jenda United are the champions of the Presidential Initiative on Sports (PIS) in men’s football for Mzimba district after thrashing Leopard Matches FC 3-0 on Saturday at Chibavi Community Ground.
The two teams were meeting for the second time in Mzuzu after the earlier game at Mzimba Boma ended chaotically.
Jenda United looked very composed and comfortable on the ball right from the first whistle with brilliant exchange of passes on the ground as they beautifully built their attacks from the back.
9 minutes into the game, Mwayi Mbeye’s beautiful delivery from a corner kick found Tendayi Moyo in the box who easily tapped the ball into the net unmarked. 1-0 to Jenda United.
Leopard Matches could level the score line in the 22nd minute when Taonga Chihana’s cross from the right found Mackson Kajawa in front of goal but goalkeeper Maclean Mwale acrobatically saved Kajawa’s thunderous shot.
The two teams tussled fiercely for the rest of the first half but the score line remained the same as youthful referee Newton Nyirenda blew his whistle for recess.
In the second half, Jenda United came even more stronger but the excellent footwork in dribbling past opponents while weaving beautiful passes on the floor in making attacking moves was what thrilled soccer lovers in Mzuzu, who had no super league match to watch.
Solomon Banda, Suzgo Nyirenda, Tendayi Moyo, Suwedi Limbani and overlapping left back Gabriel Kalema kept fans on top of their voices with the way they exchanged the piece of leather among themselves.
In the 62nd minute, a decent through ball from the middle of the park found Tendayi Moyo who easily kicked the ball over goalkeeper Geoffrey Nyirenda to complete his brace for Jenda United. 2-0.
It was Suwedi Limbani who hit the last nail on the coffin in the 79th minute to seal the game at 3 nil.
Speaking after the match, Leopard Matches FC Coach Isaac Ngwata said Jenda United officials were influencing the assistant referee closer to them in making decisions.
“We would have lost may be with a single goal but the decisions that the assistant ref was making were influenced by Jenda United officials. We are not disappointed. We are a good team and we will continue to work hard in any tournament that comes our way,” added Ngwata.
The winning coach Gift Smart said he has a fine squad which plays according to instructions.
“We have been clinching this trophy for three times now. I am very happy that after playing this team several times, today they have accepted that we are superior to them,” remarked Smart.
And speaking before presenting the trophy and the cash prize to the winning team, FAM Executive Member Siveria Chalira thanked the two teams for the hard working spirit and encouraged them to continue taking part in different tournaments.
Jenda United were presented with a trophy and a cash prize of K300,000.00 while Leopard Matches FC went away with K150,000.00 as runners up.
Leopard Matches FC’s Gadi Juwa pocketed K30,000.00 for being top goal scorer with 4 goals.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :