Mzuni FC reclaimed their superiority in the city of Mzuzu on Sunday at Mzuzu stadium when they beat their city rivals Moyale Barracks one-nil through a penalty just as they were beaten by the same margin, also through a penalty kick, in the first round.
The Green Intellectuals were breathing fire from the first whistle and it was in the 19th minute when sweeper Boyboy Chima for Moyale Barracks brought down Gift Kasambara in the 18 metre box and referee Mike Misinjo had no choice but to award the students a penalty.
Midfielder Lazurus Deco Nyemera took the spot kick in the 21st minute with a lot of power and although goalkeeper Juma Chikwenga guessed right to stretch towards his left side, he landed down late when the ball had already kissed the net. 1 nil.
The battle was so fierce but the reading on the scoreboard could not change until the half time whistle.
In the second half, the soldiers continued to press for an equalizer but it was the students who created the first scoring opportunity 16 minutes from break. A well curved beautiful free kick from the left by Lazarus Deco Nyemera found Gift Kasambara unmarked in front of goal but his header went over and wide.
A dangerous cutting cross from the right by substitute Charles Chilembo of Moyale Barracks in 79th minute was brilliantly plucked off the air by goalkeeper Chimwemwe Kumkwawa.
Four minutes before full time, a thunderous shot from way out by Boyboy Chima was also craftily pocketed into the chest by goalkeeper Kumkwawa.
When referee Mike Misinjo blew the final whistle, it was Mzuni FC 1 and Moyale Barracks nil.
Speaking to Nyasa Times after the match, Moyale Barracks head coach Nicholas Mhango said his charges did not play according instructions as they misplaced a lot of important balls.
“Mzuni too didn’t play well but they were lucky to be gifted a penalty from which they got their goal,” added Mhango.
The winning coach Alex Ngwira said he was so happy to collect three points over Moyale Barracks.
“It wasn’t easy but I thank my boys for the good job done. We now have depth in the squad and there is competition for positions and this is working to our advantage,” explained Ngwira.
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