Surestream’s miserable form in their debut season of TNM Super League continued on Saturday as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat away to Azam Tigers at Kamuzu Stadium.
The Chilomoni township based out-fit fell behind after 62 minutes header from man of the match Yamikani Chester and Peter Cholopa’s goal in the 92 minutes.
Surestream has drawn once out of four defeats in the league games , leaving the well sponsored club deep into relegation trouble.
Both sides kicked-off the game on a low note as they misplaced passes and resorted into aerial balls.
However, Surestream were the better side in the 26th minute but struggled to create clear chances, aside from Peter Msowoya’s near-post shot from Benard Chimayimba’s cross, which goalkeeper Nenani Juwaya tipped over brilliantly.
Peter Mponda’s side once again failed to transfer impressive Southern Region Football League results to the elite League, in which they have taken 1 point from their last 5 matches and could yet be dragged into a relegation battle.
In the 34th minute Tigers right defence was shaky when their defender , misjudged a long clearance and allowing Msowoya for Sure Stream to get in behind him, with Juwaya racing from his line to pat the ball clear.
But it was Sure Stream goalkeeper Bright Munthali, who won applause from the fans in the 40th minute for a perfectly timed challenge as Diverson Chilemba threatened to tear through the defence before releasing a grasscutter.
On the dot of the first half, Chester who had earlier planted a header wide from eight yards out, found a few inches of space inside a crowded penalty area to turn a lovely shot which went ooff target.
In the second half, Tigers had to survive a significant spell of Sure Stream pressure but alas! Their strikers were too wasteful with Chimayimba being the main culprit missing with the goalkeeper to beat.
Sure stream coach Peter Mponda was still adamant after the game insisting his boys are improving in each game and vows to come back in town with full force.
“We will survive. I was also encouraged with our performance l can assure you that we will prove all our critics wrong,” said Mponda.
Azam Tigers coach Gerald Phiri was on cloud nine after the game sending a warning to other teams standing on their way.
“We will make sure to continue collecting maximum points in each and every game because our ambition is to clinch the title,” said Phiri.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :