Steve Mkandawire rescued a point for Moyale Brracks against rivals Mzuni FC in a thrilling and fiercely contested Mzuzu city derby which ended in a one-all draw at Mzuzu Stadium on Sunday before a large crowd.
While not the victory they so badly needed, the draw does mean Moyale Barracks, just like league leaders Blue Eagles, have never beaten the green intellectuals since they were promoted into the country’s top flight league.
The soldiers clearly signaled their intent to punish the students as early as possible in the 5th minute when they exchanged passes brilliantly from one player to another with Zondiwe Munthali, Christopher Zgambo and Boyboy Chima involved, only to shoot over the cross bar.
A through ball from former flames international Russel Mwafulirwa in the 10th minute, allowed Lughindiko Mhlane to beat goalie Simeon Harawa in the line of duty to put the students in front.
Mzuni gained more confidence after their goal and kept on breathing fire as their anchor Lazarus Deco Nyemera kept on supplying beautiful balls upfront but the Moyale Barracks goalkeeper Simeon Harawa was in top form to make very important and meaningful saves.
The moment of relief for Moyale fans came in the 32nd minute when Khuda Muyaba won the ball on the left frank and his cross found Steve Mkandawire in the box to finish it into the net. 1-1 it was at half time.
In the second half, the soldiers fought extra hard to earn their first ever win over the students but the win never came for either side.
“We have beaten Moyale Barracks three times. Today they came very hard on us. We created chances but we did not utilize all of them. We have nothing to lose and we will continue to play our game in the TNM Super League,” remarked Alex Ngwira, coach for Mzuni FC after the game.
On his part, Moyale Barracks coach Collins Nkuna said, “we are coming from a loss but we’ve drawn today. This means we are improving because we shall win the next game. My strikers were not composed in front of the goal mouth. There is always room for improvement as we continue to chase the title.”
Mzuni beat Moyale 1-0 in the first round.
Lilongwe hosted its first derby when Epac weld held to a 0-0 deadlock by city rivals Blue Eagles in a home match played at the Civo Stadium.
In another match played on Sunday, Salima’s MAFCO beat Azam Tigers of Blantyre 2-1.