Karonga United deserves pat on the back

Malawi TNM Super League rookies Karonga United have shown they are no pushovers when they beat title defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets 1-0 at Mzuzu Stadium on Sunday.Duncan Logo

From nine games played, this is their first win and getting it from the defending champions themselves adds an icing to their cake of morale for their next assignments.

They lost five games and drew three in one of the draws it was 0-0 against Mighty Be Forward Wanderers.

The TNM Super League is not an easy one for rookies but what is exciting about those from the North is that they try as much as possible to make Mzuzu a no-go zone.

Northern Region teams strive to make visiting teams earn their money at Mzuzu Stadium and Karonga United has ably emulated that. Thumbs up to Karonga and keep up the hype as you strive to survive in this tough top flight league.

The other Northern Region teams, Moyale and Mzuzu University (Mzuni) are doing so well. Moyale are on third position after beating Blue Eagles 5-3. That win pushed Eagles to position two.

Mzuni travelled to the Centre where they first drew 1-1 with Eagles but they went on to beat Dwangwa United 2-1 the following day to earn four points that moved them from position 7 to four with 20 points.

If the Northern Region teams keep up their momentum, especially on the away trail, they can ably fight for what they aim for — title hopes for Moyale and Mzuni and survival for Karonga.

The biggest hurdle the teams face from the Northern Region is the away assignments. If they can work out a formula to overcome it just like Moyale and Mzuni did, then we are bound to see an exciting finale to this year’s season.

After the loss to Karonga United, defending champions Bullets maintain their position 10 with 12 points from seven games of three wins and three draws and a loss.

Bullets, as well as their arch rivals Wanderers, have a lot of work to do to catch up after being on a three-week break when they contributed a bulk of their players for national duty in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Zimbabwe and the Cosafa Cup in Namibia where they were ousted after their three group qualifying games.

The three teams at the top have played more games during the Flames’ engagement in the past three weeks.

What the teams at the top, Silver Strikers, Blue Eagles, Moyale and Mzuni, need to do is to make sure they do not drop points and that they make sure they never lose to Bullets and Wanderers.

This will really be another photo finish of a season for the TNM Super League in its 10th anniversary. Throughout the day 10 years of the league, we’ve had some excellent highlights and this year also promises to be just as exciting.

And it crowns with having three hat-tricks from the 24 goals scored in eight of last weekend’s TNM Super League — from Mighty Wanderers’ Peter Wadabwa, Moyale Barracks’ Gastin Simkonda and Epac FC’s Anthony Banda.

Interestingly, Anthony Banda and Simkonda claimed their hat-tricks when their two teams met on Sunday at Silver Stadium in which Moyale won 5-3. Moyale’s other scorers were Crispin Fukizi and Ntopijo Njewa.

Wadabwa scored his hat-trick during the 3-1 win over Red Lions, helping Wanderers from from position 13 to 11.

Silver Strikers’ Binwell Katinji scored a brace in their 3-1 win over visiting Mzuzu-based Moyale on Saturday.

We hope such goal hype will continue throughout the season in which we will soon have them beamed live through BETA TV.

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