As they head out of the country’s top flight league, Chitipa United were 2-1 losers at the hands of Mzuni FC on Saturday afternoon at Mzuzu Stadium in a game that was played before a handful of spectators.
The two sides were matching each other in terms of attacking as well defending for the first ten minutes until Gift Kasambara’s cross from the right in the 12th minute allowed veteran Victor Gondwe to tap the ball into United’s net for the students to lead one nil.
United could level the score line a minute in added time of the first half when Abel Mwakilama’s thunderous shot hit the upright.
Ten minutes into the second half, substitute Zeliat Nkhoma won the ball on the right inside Chitipa United’s half and transferred the weight of attack wide on the left to Henry Misinjo whose cross into the danger zone was brilliantly tapped past goalkeeper Jeremiah Simfukwe by Chisomo Giliyoni for the students to stretch their lead to 2 nil.
One minute in added time after 90 minutes, Matthews Salirana fouled United’s Christopher Mtambo in the 18 metre box and referee Mike Misinjo awarded the visitors a penalty. Isaiah Mugode stepped up to score the consolation goal for Chitipa United. 2-1 it ended in favour of the Green Intellectuals.
Speaking after the match, Chitipa United assistant coach Robert Mziza said it has been a very tough journey in the TNM Super League and a number of lessons have been learnt.
“We have a good plan when we go back to Simama League because we shall be having a football academy in Chitipa and I hope we will be able to bounce back,” added Mziza.
Head Coach for Mzuni FC, Alex Ngwira, said it was a tough game because Chitipa United fought very hard.
“I thank my boys for a very good performance. We still hope to finish in the top eight,” explained Ngwira.