Kelvin Handanga’s header in the 85th minute lifted TNM Defending Champions hopes of defending the title when they tamed Moyale Barracks 1-0 in a poor encounter played at poorly patronised Civo stadium on Sunday in Lilongwe.
The encounter lacked pace and power to entertain the crowd more and was characterised with poor passes and high balls.
The Champions Kamuzu Barracks with the win have moved from position 13 to 11, having played six games and are eight points.
Moyale are still on position eight despite defeat with 10 points from six games.
When the game was heading for a deadlock, Kamuzu Barrack’s substitute Komani Msiska broke loose on the right flank of the southern goal where he delivered a cross in which towering Handanga nodded home beating Moyale keeper Jimmy Chikwenga.
The first half was generally not entertaining as both teams lacked creative and systematic play to search for goals.
Kamuzu Barracks despite featuring Davie Banda, Hanganda, Diouf Simaone, Salim Mustafa and Pempho Kansichili failed to outplay Moyale players like Love Mitengo, Wister Phiri, Victor Gondwe and Dan Katunga.
The two teams went to break at 0-0 with no clear cut chances for them to change the complexion of the game.
In second the only substitution that made the difference was when Kamuzu Barracks coach, Billy Phambala brought in Msiska for Zinjani Yona and got best out of him.
Moyale should blame themselves when Katunga had failed to control the ball after receiving a fine pass in danger zone.
He could have put his team in the lead before he was at the mercy of Keeper Lemani Nthala.
“Our game lacks quality. Look at the two teams, the way they were playing not impressive to us fans. I was even failing to pick a player whom i can say he was a driving force in the act of play,” former Civo United player, William Chirambo observed after the game.
He said most of the players are average and have not reached required standards to drive the game on.
Chirambo added football needs individual intelligence apart from natural skill and this is why our games are not attractive like this.
In Mzuzu bottom side and newcomers Chitipa United have posted their first win of the season when they beat Azam Tigers 3-1.
Tigers were on top of their game on Saturday when they beat Mzuzu based Mzuni 1-0.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :