It was a battle for vital points in the TNM Super League by two bottom sides Chitipa United and Dwangwa United on Monday at Mzuzu Stadium which resulted in Chitipa United being 2-1 victors.
Conspicuously missing on Chitipa United bench was Head Coach Kondwani Toots Mwalweni and instead, former flames international and legend Peterkins Kayira was quickly spotted on the technical panel.
Captain Abel Mwakilama who is known as a finisher playing as a centre forward, was seen playing as a right winger allowing the duo of Alick Phiri and Wacheta Mwenefumbo to play as twin strikers.
9 minutes into the game, Alick Phiri’s powerful shot hit the cross bar but assistant referee Martin Mapando’s flag was already up for off side.
It was in the 41st minute when Abel Mwakilama’s pinpoint cross found Alick Phiri who in turn nodded the ball beautifully into Dwangwa United’s net. 1nil to Chitipa United.
Dwangwa United replied four minutes later through substitute Hassan Upindi’s thunderous shot but goalkeeper Jeremiah Simfukwe was alert to parry the ball over the cross bar.
In the second half, Dwangwa United came with venom to level the score line.
7 minutes into the second half, a decent cross from the right found Hassan Upindi in the box and his header was too powerful and speedy for goalkeeper Jeremiah Simfukwe to save. 1-1.
In the 59th minute, Dwangwa United went forward with another fierce wave of attack but Jack Chiona’s shot form outside the 18 metre box was tipped over the cross bar by Chitipa United goalie.
Chitipa United continued fighting until the 70th minute when under intense pressure, a Dwangwa United defender handled the ball inside the 18 metre box, forcing referee Mike Misinjo to point at deadly spot. Mwango Phiri converted the spot kick for Chitipa United to win the game by 2 goals to 1.
Speaking after the match, Team Manager for Dwangwa United, Davie Mwandira, said the game was not very tough only that it wasn’t his team’s day.
“A simple mistake by our defender allowed Chitipa United to get a penalty and that’s where things went wrong. We still have 16 games to play and you shouldn’t rule us out of the super league as of now,” concluded Mwandira.
On his part, Peterkins Kayira said he felt obliged to come and help Chitipa United in this game as someone who hails from Chitipa United himself, adding that it felt good to win because every win is exciting.
“It’s a deserved win because the players played very well,” observed Kayira.
Quizzed on whether he has come to permanently stay at Chitipa United, Kayira said that question could best be answered by Chitipa United officials but being someone from Chitipa, he felt duty bound to come and assist in this particular game when he was asked by the officials.
Kayira is a holder of FAM C Coaching License but the newly implemented Club Licensing demands that a super league team be headed by a holder of either CAF B or CAF A Coaching License.
The win has enabled Chitipa United to dislodge Dwangwa United on position 15 although both teams now have 8 points.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :