- Dedza fans declare allegiance to the soldiers
Kamuzu Barracks ( FC on Sunday, May 05, 2013launched their new home base of Dedza Stadium with a goal-less draw against defending TNM Super League champions Silver Strikers.
Despite not producing any goals, the game had all the ingredients of a thriller and the fans, who had traveled all the way from as far as Ntcheu, Mtakataka, Lilongwe and Malawi-Mozambique boarder area went home satisfied.
Apparently, noticing the warm welcome accorded to them by Dedza fans, Kamuzu Barracks started the game impressively, pinning the champions in their own half.
The soldiers, however, suffered a set-back in their quest to reward the Dedza fans when their midfield kingpin Davie Banda was given marching orders by Lilongwe based referee Anold Maseko for a crude tackle on Davie Moya.
The soldiers, were, however, undaunted by the sending off of their star player and kept on chasing the bankers in their own territory.
Came second half, the bankers still failed to outdo the ten-man KB until they too go the wrath of Maseko, who flashed a straight red card to Silver’s central defender Stan Malata for a foul on Joel Chipofya.
With the numbers on the field of play equal, KB started going forward in numbers and had Denis Kambewa and Joel Chipofya denied by the wood work.
Silver also had their moments in the closing stages when Rodrick Gonani managed to hit the soldiers net only to see his goal disallowed by the referee for off-side. A few minutes later, Maseko turned down a penalty appeal from Silver when Gonani was slashed down in the box by a KB defender.
Silver coach Franco Ndawa was not pleased with the refereeing as he blamed the Lilongwe ref of favouring KB.
“We were denied a clear goal and the referee failed to award us a penalty when our striker was
tripped down in the box,” said Ndawa.
His counterpart Kenwood Nkhoma expressed satisfaction with the result but said he would have loved to see his charges carrying the day as a token of appreciation to the Dedza fans, who were solidily behind his
In other games, Epac FC defeated Moyale Barracks 1-0 with Blantyre United coming from behind to hold Mzuzu United 2-2. Red Lions beat Mponela United 1-0 while Mafco and Envirom settled for a goal-less
draw at Chitowe.