Azam Tigers FC came from behind to collect maximum three points in an exciting encounter against the new look Escom United in the elite TNM Super League at the giant Kamuzu Stadium in the Blantyre on Sunday.
The ‘Kau-Kau’ Boys struggled to contain the electricians in the whole first half as they failed to tick on the midfield, where Mayamiko Salamu for Escom United was a marvel to watch.
The electricians displayed crisp passes which was delight to watch. Former relegated Zomba United striker Manase Chiyesa opened the score sheet with a long range to put Escom ahead.
Tigers could have equalized in the 38 minute through Isaac Maluwa, who missed with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Escom led 1-0 at half-time.
Come second half, Tigers coach, Leo Mpulula, who is fresh from a coaching course in Germany, came with new ideas that saw the Kau-kau boys controlling the game.
Boasting an experienced squad of midfielder Mapopa Msukwa, Mike Kaziputa, Isaac Maluwa and Kondwani Lufeyo, Tigers were marauding on the power switch-board and Musakayike Mlenga equalized thorough a jet-fighter bomber head.
As the spectators were trekking outside the Kamuzu Stadium thinking the teams will share points, it was Timothy Chitedze, who switched off the lights in the city of Blantyre with a winning goal.
Tigers Coach Leo Mpulula was on cloud nine after the game: “I thank God for this victory and l can assure our fans that this season will belong to us.”
Escom United assistant coach, Mac Donald ‘Nginde’ Mtetemera said: “It is part of the game but we
promise our followers that in our next game things will improve.”
Elsewhere, Civo United won 2-1 to Blue Eagles in an entertaining match played at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
The Civil Servants scored through Martin Masotheka before the cops from Area 30 equalized in the second half courtesy of Eliah Kabingu.
Civo scored the winning goal in the dying minutes of the game through Welani Nyirenda.
“This is a good start because l am assembling a new squad. All l can say is that we are geared for this season to clinch the league,” said Civo head coach Alex Masanjala.
Blue Eagles tactician Declek Nsakakuwona said it was too early to judge them with only a single game.
As the Civil Servants were busy pruning the Cops, some a few kilometres away in Area 47, new comers in the league, Kamuzu Barracks had a good start as they won 1-0 to Epac FC.
Epac FC, also known as ‘Njenjete zaku Lilongwe, lost after an own goal from Tione Tembo.
Kamuzu Barracks mentor, Kenwood Nkhoma stressed that their aim is to stay on the elite league.
At Chitowe Stadium in Dwanga, Mafco FC were made to run for their money against another
new comer in the league Kabwafu United, as they scored their winning goal in the last minute of the game.
The Salima based soldiers won 2-1 courtesy of Zasher Nong’oneza and Isaac Nankupa while Kabwafu scored their lone goal through Phiri.
Mafco FC Coach Stereo Gondwe said: “Experience won us this game otherwise Kabwafu gave us a good run.”
Saturday, May 26, 2012
-Silver Strikers 4 vs Big Bullets 0 @ Silver Stadium.
-Mighty Wanderers 2 vs Moyale Barracks 1 @ Kamuzu Stadium.
-Red Lions 1 vs Blantyre United 0 @ Zomba Community Ground.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
-Azam Tigers 2 vs Escom United 1 @ Kamuzu Stadium
-Civo United 2 vs Blue Eagles 1 @ Civo Stadium.
-Kamuzu Barracks 1 vs Epac FC 0 @ Silver Stadium.
-Mafco FC 2 vs Kabwafu United 1 @ Chitowe Stadium.