Mzuni FC, popularly known as the Green Intellectuals, are temporarily at the summit of the TNM Super League log table with 7 points after walloping Macfo FC 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at Mzuzu Stadium; a day after the soldiers were eliminated from the Airtel Top 8 Cup by fellow soldiers, Moyale Barracks.
The two teams took time to settle down into the game. Play could not freely flow as expected from either side for the better first 25 minutes or so.
Towards the end of the first half, it was the students who tried to make life tough for the Salima based soldiers especially on the left flank through their dread rocked attacker Zeliat Nkhoma.
Nkhoma managed to dribble past two Mafco defenders in the 32nd minute but his shot was timely blocked.
Seconds before half time, Mzuni’s Hudson Milanzi was brought down inside the 18 metre box as he was about to shoot at goal. Referee Stephano Gomani made no mistake in awarding the Green Intellectuals a penalty which Lazarus Deco Nyemera converted with a left footer that hit the roof of the net, sending goalkeeper Frank Kansiyamo the wrong way.
In the second half, Mafco’s mission was clear; to equalize early and get a winner.
And 8 minutes into the half, a brilliant exchange of passes between Paul Phiri and Victor Mpinganjira resulted in Mpinganjira’s shot hitting the 90 degrees angle on the left.
Four minutes later, the soldiers had another chance through Ranken Mwale but his shot was ably dealt with by goalkeeper Chimwemwe Kumkwawa.
Gloom increased on the Mafco bench in the 79th minute when Hudson Milanzi was put through by Henry Misinjo and his volley from outside the 18 metre box landed into the left corner of the net for Mzuni to continue leading 2-0.
Midfield maestro, Lazarus Deco Nyemera, finished the job of inflicting misery on the soldiers in the 82nd minute when his free kick first hit the left upright, before the ball ricocheted into the net.
After the final whistle, it was Mzuni FC 3 and Mafco FC 0.
Mafco coach Temwa Msuku said the penalty that gave Mzuni their first goal confused his side.
“We accept defeat but the ref has let us down. He has handled the game very well except for the penalty decision which disturbed our game plan. This is our second league game having won the first but it’s very painful to lose two games at this venue including yesterday’s Airtel Top 8 encounter,” explained Msuku.
Assistant coach for Mzuni FC, Milleous Pofera Jegwe, said it felt good to win the first home game.
“The league has just started but we will try to collect points as much as we can,” concluded Jegwe.
The students drew their first game in Lilongwe, won their second in Dwangwa and this win takes them to the top of the log with seven points.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :