14 November 2016 Last updated at: 9:13 AM
Dwangwa United frustrates Mafco FC
…as Red Lions maul Karonga United
Mafco FC’s hopes of opening a two point lead at the top of the TNM Super League suffered a massive blow as they were held to a 2-all draw by Dwangwa United at Chitowe Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Vitumbiko Phiri had given the visitors an early lead just after five minutes of the first half before Dwangwa’s equalizer from the spot by Cuthbert Sinetre.
It was an entertaining match as both teams gave it all for their supporters.
Mafco’s second closest chance fell through to Richard Mbulu who shot wide from close range.
At the other end, Mafco’s shot stopper was forced into action when the hosts launched a stunning counter hurricane attack just after the half hour mark.
However, the two teams failed to capitalize on the few chances created in half and it was 1-all at half time.
Come second half, the midfield battle intensified, with Saidi Mtekama and Sinetre at each other’s neck. Dwanga had three successful shots well saved by the visitors’ goalie who was very outstanding on the day.
But Dwangwa’s resilience could not stop Mbulu from giving his side a lead as well as scoring his 18th goal of the season when his header kissed the back of the net to the disappointment of the home fans.
Knowing their position on the log table, Dwanga United kept on fighting as the visitors defended with intent to frustrate the rookies. Just when everybody thought the game was over, Mafco were stunned.
Hassan Upindi broke Mafco’s heart when he scored with the last kick of the match to deny the visitors from leapfrogging defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets at the top of standings.
The result sees Mafco on third position with 45 points from 24 games. As for Dwangwa, they are still stuck in the drop zone with 23 points from 25 games.
At Zomba Community Centre Ground, Red Lions edged past Karonga United 2-1 to remain on 11th position with 31 points from 24 games. As for the rookies, the defeat leaves them on position 15 with 21 points from 25 games.
Bullets lead the standings with 45 points from 25 games played so far.
MTV Maxi Bullets were the first team to face the chop as the club disbanded some weeks ago.
Wizards FC, Civo Service United, Dwangwa United and Karonga United are all fighting to avoid the two slots in the relegation zone.
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