Blantyre Zero coach Maggie Chombo has heaped praise on his team’s defensive display during their 3-2 Football Women Fifa -FAM League win over Ntopwa Queens on Sunday in a fully packed Chiwembe Technical Centre Ground in Blantyre.
Blantyre Zero overcame their Commercial city counterparts after a 0-0 90 minutes before penalties separated girls from women.
Ntopwa were unfortunate not to secure a goal in the first half as they were a better side than Blantyre Zero. What made Ntopwa to dominate the proceedings of the match was that they played as a unit, while Blantyre Zero played individual football.
Another weakness for Ntopwa was that their striking force was blunt, as their strikers lacked confidence inside the 18 yard box.
Another notable thing during the final match was brilliant goalkeepers from both sides, as they mesmerized thousands of spectators during penalties.
Both keepers managed to save more than two penalties to the satisfaction of fans, who watched the game.
Tears rolled after 90 minutes from Ntopwa players, especially their keeper who was outstanding during penalties.
For becoming champions, Blantyre Zero received K1 million, while Ntopwa K750,000.
DD Sunshine, who came third after beating Moyale got K500,000 while the Mzuzu based ladies went home with K250,000.
In post match interviews, Chombo was well pleased with his side’s performance and the win, while also reserving praise for his defence who held firm throughout the 90 minutes.
“Fantastic win, I think we’ve seen that Ntopwa are also a good team going forward. They are always a threat in attack, and we had to be extremely resolute,” said Chombo.
“I thought our goalkeeper was great, as was my defenders. The back four were really solid.”
Chombo also praised her players’ tactical discipline for soaking up the pressure and breaking on the counter-attack, despite failing to score in 90 minutes.
On his part, Ntopwa Queens coach Jomo Osman saluted his players for their fighting spirit despite failing to clinch the Cup.
“It was not our day otherwise my players tried their best only that luck was not on our side. Let me also remind fans that in penalties gambling. All in all we will come hard next season,” said Osman.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :