First win for Blantyre United
Blantyre United registered its first TNM Super League win of the season, defeating holders, Silver Strikers 2-1 at the Kamuzu Stadium in the commercial capital, Blantyre on Sunday.
A day after being dumped out of the Presidential Cup following a 2-1 to non leaguers, Complex Madrid, Silver trailed barely after three minutes on Sunday through Brown Mizeye’s opener for United.
Mizeye connected right flank cross to put United on the path to their first win in five matches, with the second goal coming from Mohamad Chimbiri on 12 minutes following a wonderful through ball which caught Silver defence sleeping.
Tempers flared as Silver coaches, including assistant Hellings Mwakasungula who was sent out for remonstrating against the match commissioner, protested against referee Samuel Mangansanja.
The Lilongwe giants, Silver did get reprieve when Blessings Tembo reduced the arrears with a long range near-post shot which beat United veteran goalkeeper Simeon Kapuza hands down on 38 minutes.
Hopes of Silver comeback were dealt a blow when referee Mangansanja sent out the former Moroka Swallows midfielder Mwakasungula who is now an assistant coach.
United held on to win the match leaving Silver clinging to the top of the 15-member log table on 12 points having suffered their first loss in five matches.
Elsewhere in Dwangwa, Big Bullets defeated Mafco 2-0 through Douglas Chirambo and Diverson Mlozi’s strike that took the peoples’ team’s tally to 10 points, just like Red Lions who beat Bvumbwe Research in another match.
In Nchalo, Mighty Wanderers needed Malumbo Gondwe late strike to force a 1-1 draw with Azam Tigers who had gone ahead through Maxwell Mwanyongo’s volley.
In other matches, Civo United and Kamuzu Barracks FC drew 1-1 as Blue Eagles and Epac FC played out a six-goal three in their 3-3 draw in Lilongwe. Civo and Bullets too have 10 points but the Lions are ahead on superior goal aggregate.