Lions collect maximum points in LL, remains unbeaten

Unbeaten Red Lions football club from Zomba on Sunday, August 19, 2012 set another record in the TNM Super League when they became the first visiting team to collect maximum six league points from the capital city Lilongwe.

Already, the roaring lions are unbeaten in 11 league assignments, a feat that has not been achieved by any other team in the 15-member league.

Facing formidable sides Civo United and Kamuzu Barracks, who were responsible for Mighty Wanderers’ miseries in the capital city a month ago, few gave the lions a 100 percent chance against the two teams but they did it in ruthless fashion, beating Civo 2-0 before edging their comrades in arms 1-0.

On Saturday, the visiting soldiers struck in either half to completely silence Civo but Sunday was a different story as the lions met some fierce resistance from their brothers.

Red Lions yet to taste any defeat in the League. Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

The game was actually headed for a barren draw, when substitute Kelvin Katema struck five minutes from time.

Veteran midfielder Pritchard Mwansa was the architect behind the goal, when his well floated free
kick was headed in by Katema, who was also on target against Civo the previous day.

Red Lions coach Collins Nkuna, was all smiles after the final whistle, praising his charges for sticking to game plan.

“We knew it would be tough against our fellow soldiers but we were building on the previous day’s win, which was crucial to today’s result. After yesterday’s victory, the spirits were high and we knew
we would get at least one goal against Kamuzu Barracks,” said Nkuna.

But Kamuzu Barracks’ coach Kennedy Nkhoma said he was not pleased with the officiation by Lilongwe based referee Joseph Zimba and his assistants.

“We could have won today’s game but officiation was not good. We were denied a free kick towards the end, when Red Lions goalkeeper handled the ball from outside the 18-yard area and our
friends were awarded a dubious free kick, which resulted into the goal.”

Following the win, Red Lions now have 27 points from 11 games, just a point behind leaders Silver Strikers, who play Epac FC at the Civo Stadium on Monday, August 20, 2012.

Kamuzu Barracks remain on the mid-table with 15 points from 13 games.

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