Mzuni gets tough lessons in Lilongwe: Malawi TNM Super League

Visiting Mzuzu University (Mzuni FC) had tough lessons in the capital city from where they returned empty handed after going down 2-1 at Silver Strikers on Saturday before bowing down 1-0 at the hands of Kamuzu Barracks at Civo Stadium on Sunday.

Gondwe heads for an early shower at Silver, Pic Alex Mwazalumo.
Gondwe heads for an early shower at Silver, Pic Alex Mwazalumo.
Mzuni launches an attack on KB goal, Pic Alex Mwazalumo
Mzuni launches an attack on KB goal, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

At Silver, Mike Robert and Victor Limbani struck in either side of half-time and the students pulled one back on the dot of full time- courtesy of a Fraston Chisi fine header, which beat substitute goalkeeper Blessing Kamiza at the far post.

Kamiza had stepped in for injured Brighton Munthali in the second half after another Silver player Mathews Sibale had limped out in the first half following a knock on his ankle.

Mzuni also had their share of misfortune, when captain Victor Gondwe was given out marching orders by referee Anold Maseko in the closing stages after committing a second bookable offence.

Came Sunday, the University students mounted a good challenge on the soldiers from Malawi Defence Force headquarters before succumbing to a Manase Chiesa 75th minute strike that earned Kamuzu Barracks full points.

KB coach Billy Phambala was not particularly impressed with the performance of his charges but said he was happy his team got the full points.

“We did not play our usual game today especially in the first half, which was dominated by Mzuni but the most important thing is that we have got the three points,” said Phambala.

Mzuni coach Alex Ngwira expressed disappointment with both the Saturday and Sunday results but promised his team would bounce back after analysing the weekend performance and rectifying the mistakes.

“Yesterday at Silver, we came back into the game very late but today (Sunday) we had a good start but lacked the finishing touch. When we go back to Mzuzu, we will analyse our performance and rectify the mistakes,” said Ngwira.

The win took the soldiers to third position with 34 points from 19 games while Silver Strikers moved to second with 36 points from 18 games. Mzuni are seventh with 30 points from 20 games.

Mafco, who completed a double over Be Forward Wanderers after defeating the Nomads 2-1 at Chitowe Ground on Saturday now top the league’s standings with 37 points from 19 games.

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