Mzuzu University Football Club on Saturday emphatically beat Dwangwa United 2-0 at Mzuzu Stadium to collect maximum three points in their quest to escape relegation in a thrilling encounter that was played before a handful of spectators.
The students were in control of the game from the first whistle, enjoying a lion’s share of possession.
In the 24th minute, Rhamadan Ntafu’s decent cross from the right was regrettably missed in the six metre box by both Gift Kasambala and Ghanaian Michael Tetteh.
Dwangwa United were using long balls into the student’s half but towering centre back Suzgo Mwakasinga and left back Kelvin Kadzinje were outstanding in maintaining defensive discipline at the back.
The visitors could claim a lead in the 35th minute when Sam Gunda’s long range shot was deflected off Mwakasinga’s head and hit the cross bar. The two teams went for recess with no score on either side.
The students came hard with a more serious attacking philosophy in the second half. Substitute Lameck Njawala tossed the ball from the centre circle in the 73rd minute to allow Michael Tetteh unlock Dwangwa defence and when goalkeeper Emmanuel Yassin advanced to challenge him, he only had to chip the ball over his head and it went bouncing into the yawning net for the openor.
The Green Intellectuals sealed their lead in the 90th minute through another substitute, Maxwell Gasten, who beat Dwangwa United’s off side trap and went round the goalkeeper before directing the ball with his right foot in the net. 2 nil it ended in favour of Mzuni FC.
Speaking after the match, Team Manager for Dwangwa United, Davie Mwandira, accepted defeat saying poor defending gifted Mzuni the two goals but was quick to say Dwangwa United is not relegation material in as far as this season’s TNM Super League is concerned.
The winning coach, Gilbert Chirwa, praised his charges for a wonderful performance.
“As I have always said, the team is playing very good football but the problem was scoring. Now you can see that we are able to score and we have won two consecutive games. We are remaining with nine games now, five of them at home. We need to win about three more games to survive relegation and we will encourage the boys to do the job,” retorted Chirwa.
The students are still in the relegation zone, third from the bottom on the log table, with 21 points from 21 games while Dwangwa United are on position 13 of the 16 team league with 23 points from 20 games.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :