Former Malawi national football coach Kinnah Phiri’s Mbeya City Council FC dealt Tanzania Mainland League defending champions Young Africans (Yanga) a big blow for the title defence with a 2-1 home win on Wednesday.
Kinnah, who is under pressure to deliver this season, recovered from a 2-0 loss to league leaders and hot title contenders Simba to hit Yanga where it pains most.
The win has accounted for 5 wins for Mbeya, with 4 draws and 5 losses taking their tally to 19 points and rising to position 8 from 9 on the 16 team log table.
They are level on points with Ruvu Shooting Stars but the former Nyasa Bullets and South Africa’s Free State Stars coach’s team is seperated by an inferior goal difference aggregate.
On the other hand Yanga’s only second loss of the season has spoiled their chances of closing in on leaders, Simba, separated by 8 points gap between the two teams.
Simba have 35 points from 11 wins and two draws and are yet to taste a loss while Yanga have 8 wins 3 draws and 2 losses and remain stuck on second position with 27 points.
Kinnah, the nonosense tactical disciplinarian joined Mbeya mid last season and helped the team from relegation by finishing on position 8.
But the new season has been indifferent as it was expected that he would build on last season’s performance to restore the team’s lost glory.
The team, which finished third in the 2013 season and fourth in 2014, saw the Malawi football legend recruiting goalkeeper Owen Chaima and defender Sankhani Mkandawire to bolster the team.