Leo Mpulua’s Azam Tigers suffere their second consecutive defeat in under two weeks when they went down 3 – 1 on sunday to Red Lions at the Balaka stadium on the first day of TNM Super League action for 2012.
Smarting from a 6 – 3 thumping by Moyale,Tigers were looking forward to a powerful start in the new year but the soldiers from Zomba did not offer them that luxury.
Despite stripping Mapopa Msukwa the captaincy and replacing him with Gerald Chimbaka after that defeat in attempt to bring sanity and results, Tigers still failed to fid their rythm at the Balaka stadium.
Goals from Chimwemwe Gundampanda,Steve Ziba and Pearson Panje condemned Mpulula to worst start to the new year.
Evans Napolo pulled one for Tigers but victory for them was not in the script for this fixture.
Mpulula told reporters after the game that it was not Tigers day.
“We gave away two goals and seriously I can’t blame anyone but I can confidently say that our game has improved over the weeks” he said.
His counterpart Colins Nkuna said it is good to collect maximum points against strong teams like Tigers.
“With only 3 games to go before we wrap up our season,its important to win inorder to move up the ladder and finish on a good position. Ofcourse its too late to fight for honours but a good finish for us is crucial,” he said.
This result leaves Tigers on position 9 with 34 points from 24 games while Red Lions push up to position 7 with 37 points from 25 games.
Defending champions Escom United still lead the pack with 44 points from 26 games.