11 September 2016 Last updated at: 7:39 PM
Mzuzu derby ends in stalemate as Blue Eagles remain winless
Steve Mkandawire scored the equalizer for Moyale Barracks to cancel out a Luwindiko Nhlane’s early goal for Mzuni FC in a TNM Super league match on Sunday afternoon at Mzuzu Stadium for the two teams to share the spoils.
After collecting maximum points in the first round over the Soldiers, the Green Intellectuals meant business as they got their opener in the first minutes through Nhlane following a brilliant display of football from the home side.
Hudson Milanzi should have doubled Mzuni’s lead but his deflected shot just outside the penalty box went agonizingly wide.
Knowing that they lost their second round opening match away to Tigers, the Mzuzu based Soldiers turned around the tables when they leveled the scoreline towards the end of the half though Mkandawire who made a cool finish from a Lloyd Njaliwa’s cross, 1-1.
Come second half, it was a 50-50 affair between the two sides as the midfield battle intensified. Khuda Muyaba created the first chance for the Soldiers but failed to put the ball into the back of the net with Rabson Chiyenda in goals for the students already beaten.
Moments later, it was Mzuni’s turn to score the much needed goal but Milanzi and Nhlane failed to communicate, allowing Juma Chikwenga to gain his position and clear the danger away.
With less than ten minutes to play, Muyaba almost won it for Soldiers as his long range effort was well saved by Chiyenda and after 90 minutes of play, it ended 1-1.
The two teams are still winless in the second round and they are only separated by a point in the standings, with Mzuni occupying fifth position with 29 points from 17 games while Moyale Barracks are sixth with 28 points from the same number of games.
At Civo Stadium, Epac FC managed to hold league leaders Blue Eagles to a goalless draw in a frustrating afternoon for the area 30 Cops who have now played 180 minutes without scoring a single goal.
However, they are still at the helm of the standings with 34 points from 17 games.
As for Epac FC, they are on position 9 with 23 points from the same number of games.
The action continues on Wednesday afternoon, with Red Lions playing host to the newly crowned Carlsberg Cup champions Be Forward Wanderers at Zomba Community Centre Ground while Silver Strikes will be aiming to bounce back from Carlsberg Cup final defeat to Wanderers on Saturday when they face struggling MTV Maxi Bullets at Silver Stadium.