It was a goalless draw on Saturday afternoon at Mzuzu Stadium when Mzuni FC hosted Azam Tigers in the TNM Super League.
The two teams cancelled each other out in all departments from the outset as no team could weave passes together for the first 20 minutes.
Tigers could find an opener in the 25th minute when Luke Mchima broke through on the right flank but his powerful shot from outside the 18 metre box hit the right 90 degrees angle of Mzuni goal.
Head Coach Alex Ngwira was conspicuously missing on Mzuni technical bench and his assistant Ogrieve Mcnebert Kazuwa made no changes for the entire first half.
Likewise, Gerald Phiri was missing on the Tigers bench as Head Coach (he is with the Malawi Under 20 at the Cosafa tourney in South Africa) leaving assistant Chikaiko Bridge to shout instructions to Tigers players but again with no changes to the starting eleven in the first half.
Five minutes before half time, Mzuni FC’s Henry Misinjo had his shot stopped by Tigers goalkeeper William Thole, formerly of Mzuni FC.
The game became very physical in the second half forcing referee James Chisunkha to blow his whistle time and again for unlawful tackling.
Brave Phiri, Pilirani Mdhluli and Steve Madimba were introduced by Kazuwa in the second half to try and change things for Mzuni, replacing Suzgo Mwakasinga, Khumbo Msowoya and the injured Captain Victor Gondwe, respectively.
Tigers, on the other hand, pulled out Dan Kumwenda for Eliah Munthali.
After 90 minutes, it was still Mzuni FC 0 and Azam Tigers 0.
Speaking to Nyasa Times after the game, Azam Tigers Technical Diector, Robin “Abambo” Alufandika, said both teams fought hard to get a goal but luck was not on either side.
“But again I must say that officiation let us down in this game. The ref failed to stamp his authority and I think this has affected our play today,” added the soft spoken Alufandika.
Assistant Coach for Mzuni FC, Ogrieve Mcnebert Kazuwa, said his plan was to frustrate Tigers in the first half, which worked very well, but efforts to get goals in the second half proved futile.
Tigers now have 40 points on position 8 with two more games to wrap up the season while the Green Intellectuals are still on position 9 with 39 points.
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