Brave and Committed, the Students of Mzuzu, Mzuni FC Sunday stunned struggling defending TNM Champions Kamuzu Barracks with 2-0 beating in the second round encounter played at Civo stadium in Lilongwe.
The Students managed to return to their base unhurt after managing to collect four points on the road as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Civil Sporting on Saturday in the capital.
Mzuni have moved to ninth position with 23 points from 18 games while reigning Champions have dropped to 10th with 22 points from 18 games.
Kamuzu Barracks has a mountain to climb in order to defend the title as run away leaders, Mighty Be Forward Wanderers have created a 19 point gap with them and have a game in hand.
Kamuzu Barracks missed the services of first choice keeper Lehman Nthala and central defender Diouf Simione while notable regulars the likes of Komani Msiska, Harvey Mkacha and Pilirani Makupe were relegated to bench.
Mkacha and Msiska were later used but they made no impact the team as damage was already done.
Mzuni showcased a masterpiece, grew in confidence as the game progressed and defended well showing that they are now aiming to finish in the top eight.
The first 20 minutes the visitors played well and they kept on pressuring with Zeliat Nkhoma,Gift Kasambala and Chisomo Gideon appeared more threatening at times.
Gideon put Mzuni in the lead in the 25th minute when he nodded home Kasambala’s corner corner kick.
The two teams went to break with the students smiling as they defended their slander lead.
Kamuzu could have levelled in the 53rd minute in a goal scramble but Kelvin Haganda’s shot was well tamed by Mzuni’s custodian Chimwemwe Kunkwawa.
Gideon could have claimed his third for the weekend in the 62 minute when he unbelievably missed a seater when Kasambala had floated the ball in the box and Kamuzu Barracks keeper, Sekani Mhango had miss timed it.
Mzuni stretched the lead in the 74th minute when Hudson Milanzi slotted home Kasambala’s cross after he had received a first time pass from substitute Frastone Chisi.
Kamuzu Barracks tried to push to get a consolation goal but it too late as the students were so solid in defence.
” I think Mzuni came with a proper game plan. They wanted to collect maximum in the capital it just un fortunate that they gave away a goal against Civil, they could have won that one also,” a football follower Cliff Maziko noted.
He said Mzuni are using youngsters who are so flexible and this enables them to defend a unit.
” If they could mantain this type of approach they would be a team to beat in the second round and difficult to lose points at home,” a Civil supporter, Thope Chidati concluded.
He doubted Kamuzu’s ability to defend the title looks like the players are not committed to games as they were last season.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :