Written by MANENO CHIMULALA
MZUZU(MaraPost)—Flames forward Esau Kanyenda has all the reasons to smile following the promotion of his team Polokwane to the South African top flight league Professional Soccer League (PSL).
Written by OUR CORRESPONDENT
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Man City 2 Norwich City 3
Tottenham Hotspurs 1 Sunderland 0
Wigan Athletic 2 Aston Villa 2
Swansea City 0 Fulham 3
West Brom 5 Man United 5
Southampton 1 Stoke City 1
Chelsea 2 Everton 1
Liverpool 1 QPR 0
Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1
Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE (MaraPost) -- Lilongwe based outfit, Blue Eagles, are still on top the TNM Super log table after Big Bullets failed to dislodge on Tuesday when they played to a goalless draw with resilient Azam Tigers.
Blue Eagles has so far bagged 10 points from four games while Bullets and Tigers have eight points each from the same number of games.
However, Tigers, popularly known as ‘Ana a Kumpanda’ are yet to concede a goal whereas Civo United, who are second from the bottom, have only managed to collect a single point from four games.
New entrants Mponela, who lost 0-1 to Mighty Wanderers on Saturday at Silver stadium, have conceded 8 goals in the league.
Written by WISDOM NGWIRA & ROSE CROSS
MZUZU (Mana) -- Mzuzu University Football Club (Mzuni FC) needed two goals from Edward Mangani and Uchindami Nyasulu to beat their arch rivals Karonga United to reach the regional phase in the K120 million Presidential cup played at Mzuzu stadium Wednesday.
The game which was earlier abandoned after the two teams’ supporters violently clashed following a goal that Karonga United scored to level the scores at 2-2 had to be rescheduled after the tournament’s disciplinary committee fined Mzuni K15, 000 and Karonga United K5, 000 for causing the fracas.
Mzuni’s handful supporters who vocally out-numbered their opponents raised the tempo of the match from the word go when they cheered their team in a bid to intimidate the visitors.
The students controlled the early stages of the match through their tightly packed midfield of Edward Mangani, Junior Mkumba, Joshua Tembo and experienced Smith Kadawati who pinned United in their own half.
The students would have taken an early lead, but missed glorious chances when their blunt striking force of Pearson Sauzande and Innocent Mayuni continued to shoot over the bar frustrating their colleagues’ efforts.
Mzuni took advantage of a porous Karonga defence with piercing runs from Smith Kadawati who combined well with his captain Edward Mangani.
Mzuni drew first blood in the 20th minute when a well curled shot from Kadawati found Mangani who quickly turned round two stationery Karonga defenders before shooting a square ball which sent United goal tender, Donald Zgambo the wrong way.
Karonga instantly responded to the conceded goal by piling intense pressure on the retaliating Mzuni team with on and off counter-attacks from Raphael Phiri and Fyaupi Kisyombe who was shifted to the midfield to help the engine room tick.
Despite the pressure, Mzuni hang on to their slender lead till half time.
In the second half, Karonga built on their first half offensive display in the scholars’ half with their attacking trio of Rivaldo Hamisi, Malumbo Mwenelupembe and Raphael Phiri. They nearly got an equalizer through Phiri who burst away from his markers, but was denied the score by the wood-work.
In the 54th minute, youngster Raphael Phiri scored the equalizer after collecting a loose ball that Mzuni failed to clear away.
Karonga United would have scored another goal 24 minutes after the equalizer when offensive Phiri ran past three defenders before being brought down just at the edge of the 18-yard box. This prompted the entire United bench to rise on penalty appeals, but referee Mabvuto Godoya waved a play on.
As finish time drew closer and the score sheet remained one all as both teams seemed contented and appeared looking forward to the deadly spot kicks.
Karonga United introduced Vilipo Simkoko in a move to bring expert penalty takers, but Mzuni unleashed a shocker in the 87th minute after a Karonga defense mix up between Fyaupi Kisyombe and Wakisa Ngana which left Uchindami Nyasulu unmarked.
"I am very happy for winning this game especially after the controversies that surrounded the match which led us into switching of a few players which in the end worked for us," Mzuni coach Alex Ngwira said.
His counterpart Rudoviko Nyirenda, however, blamed the loss on the organizing committee of the competition who arranged the replay without prior communication on where and when the game would be played.
Mzuni will now take on super league rookies Mzuzu United in what would be a reminder of the tight race that these two teams competed in the TNM Super League promotion which the latter won.
Karonga United will have to forget the loss and start preparing for Jenda United at their own backyard in Karonga on Saturday.
Written by MANENO CHIMULALA
MZUZU (MaraPost) -- Fresh from 2-1 loss at the hands of Silver Strikers, Moyale Barracks came from behind to beat resilient Mzuzu United 2-1 in TNM super league on Tuesday at Mzuzu stadium.