By Lusekero Mhango
KARONGA-(MaraviPost)-Karonga United produced a spirited performance to down MAFCO FC 1-0 in a TNM Super League encounter that was inspired by a thunderous atmosphere at the Karonga Stadium.
Josia Duwa’s long range strike after nine minutes proved decisive to earn the hosts first league win of the season after the eighth time of asking.
The home side who came into the game on the back of a goalless draw with reigning champions Nyasa Big Bullets last weekend saw them do enough to urge out the Army based outfit in an encounter which had few goal-scoring opportunities of real note.
The hosts had the better of the first half despite creating little in a dominant half.
However the only moment of brilliance came in the first 9 minutes as Duwa’s superb long range effort beat a helpless Giles Kapulame to give the hosts a precious lead.
In the second half the match continued where it had ended with both teams cancelling each other out in a stop-start half which was dominated by skirmishes as a result of physical challenges from both sides.
The visitors had more of the possession in the second half but struggled to create any chance of note as Peter Kasonga and Wallusungu Mpata were well marshaled by a well-organized Karonga United defence led by the impressive Eric Atsiga.
However, Karonga weathered out the late storm and hanged on to the precious three points to climb out of the relegation zone up to 12th with seven points from 8 games while MAFCO stay 10th with eight points to their name from the same number of matches.
In a post-match interview MAFCO coach Stereo Gondwe, bemoaned the officiating in the encounter attributing it to the defeat.
“Admittedly today we were not at our best but today’s defeat is down to the poor officiating which was shocking and not at the levels of our elite league.” articulated an angry Gondwe.
Never the less his counterpart Christopher Nyambose, hailed his charges for the spirited win in a tough encounter.
“I thought we were excellent today we really dominated the game and the win was well deserved,” he said.