Red Lions FC produced a sterling performance on Saturday when they beat visiting Civo United with a resounding 4-0 victory in the TNM Super League match played at Zomba Community Centre ground.
It was a sweet win for the Zomba-based soldiers having registered a convincing victory which has seen them rise to position 9 on the log table with 13 points from 12 games played this far.
The Civil Servants remain on position 8 with 15 points from the same number of games.
The soldiers opened the floodgates barely six minutes into the game following a quick counterattack which resulted in McPeter Makwale slotting the ball past the diving Civo goal minder Innocent Phiri into the net.
Civo’s kingpin Nelson Kangunje, Raphael Phiri and Gerald Nkungula orchestrated moves which could not bear fruits in the final third. However, Kangunje was unlucky to see his effort being thwarted into an abortive corner by Lions goalie Brighton Ngwenyama.
A few minutes later, Ngwenyama was at fault when he hesitated to clear the ball and Raphael Phiri nicked the ball from him to score a goal which was disallowed by the referee for an infringement. This prompted the technical bench led by head coach Mike Kumanga to stand up in anger against the goalkeeper’s mistake.
In the 23rd minute, Moses Nankumba doubled the advantage with a spectacular finish after receiving a through ball from Kumbukani Mwambene. The goal gave hopes to the struggling Zomba-based soldiers who, until this game, were going through a bad patch.
Thereafter, Mwambene turned from provider to finisher when he planted in the third in the 60th minute. He was beautifully laid up by Makwale to put the game beyond the visitors’ reach. Just as spectators thought the game was done, Nankumba connected home the fourth to rest the final score-line to 4-0.
Red Lions coach Mike Kumanga expressed happiness with the result in a post-match interview.
“We have taken some time to win a match and I am happy we have finally registered a convincing result. We will not be complacent in our forthcoming fixtures,” he said.
His counterpart Milias Pofela Jegwe accepted the defeat.
“We have lost to a team that played well and deserved the win. We messed up chances and this is the price you pay,” he said.