Ntopwa Football Club returns to Bangwe, Blantyre with one point after drawing 1-1 with Mzuni FC at Mzuzu Stadium on Monday in the TNM Super league.
On Sunday Ntopwa boys lost 2-1 to Moyale Barracks and hoped to collect three points on Monday against Mzuni FC in a game that was watched by a handful of spectators.
Unlike on Sunday, Ntopwa were able to exchange passes from one player to another but could not hit the target. Mzuni too were playing a beautiful passing game but could neither get a goal.
A minute before half time, Mphatso Magaleta curved a marvellous free kick from the left hand side that nearly went into the net but Mzuni goalkeeper Pilirani Mapira defied the law of gravity to rise and parry the ball away for safety.
Then 7 minutes into the second half, substitute Levison Chabwera scored Ntopwa’s only goal by connecting a decent free kick from the left.
Mzuni replied in the 75th minute through Taniel Mhango who beat goalkeeper Richard Chimbamba in the air following a long high ball from the back.
The hosts were on fire for the last 15 minutes of the game but Ntopwa players did all they could not to concede another goal and 1-1 it ended.
Anzeru Joseph for Mzuni FC was voted man of the match.
Speaking to Nyasa Times after the match, Ntopwa FC coach, Trevor Kajawa, said he wanted three points but his charges lost concentration in the middle of the second half.
“A point is not bad. Second round games are usually tough. But teams have come without a point from here and I am sure we will work hard and stay in the league because the boys are working hard,” said Kajawa.
Mzuni FC coach, Gilbert Chirwa, said it was a tough game.
“We knew they were going to come hard against us after losing to Moyale on Sunday. We were a bit disjointed in the first half but we attacked more in the second half and managed to force a draw,” Chirwa remarked.
Mzuni FC is now on position 12 with 18 points from 16 games while Ntopwa FC is on position 13 with 14 points from 17 games.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :