By Lusekero Mhango
KARONGA-(MaraviPost)-Newly promoted side Mafco FC battled from 2 goals down to earn a share of the spoils with Karonga United as the two side’s played out an entertaining 2-2 draw on Saturday in a TNM Super League match at the Karonga Stadium.
The hosts looked to be on course for the vital three points as they held a 2-0 lead heading into the final six minutes of the game courtesy of goals from Antony Mfune and William Mwalwimba but folded late on to allow Mafco into the game through goals from Joseph Dosa and Wakisa Kalinga.
With the share of the spoils both teams remain unmoved on the log table with Mafco in fourth place with 17 points to their name while Karonga stay in ninth with 12 points to their name having all played 10 matches respectively.
The encounter which was played behind closed doors due to COVID-19 restrictions saw the home side start strongly with their one touch football unsettling the visitor’s defence.
Khumbo Msowoya and the lively Antony Mfune all sent warning shots to the Salima based Army outfit goal in the first five minutes.
The pressure of their attacks finally yielded a goal for the Ingwina’s as Mfune ruthlessly finished off a flowing team move.
Despite having made a solid start to their return to top flight soccer the visitor’s struggled to create any chances of note as they failed to contain an inspired home side who should have killed off the contest with a number of opportunities that they mustered in the first half.
In the second half Mafco began it more strongly as they pinned the home side in their own half as they searched for an opening to come back into the match.
Never the less the hosts despite being on the back foot continued to look more likely to grab the second goal and with 12 minutes to go they doubled their lead courtesy of a rare strike from Mwalwimba who thundered in a superb goal.
However, the visitor’s quickly reorganized themselves and pulled a goal back with six minutes to go through Dosa to set up a grandstand finish to the encounter.
With two minutes remaining on the clock the visitors completed the comeback as Kalainga tapped in after a laps of concentration by Karonga’s defence.
Despite the hosts finishing the stronger of the two side’s chances were hard to come by as their first half missed opportunities came back to haunt them as they were forced to share the spoils.
Speaking in a post-match interview Karonga United coach Dan Dzinkambani, bemoaned his side’s wastefulness in front of goal attributing it to the dropped points.
“We are really disappointed with the result as we should have killed our opponents off in the first half when we were fantastic but we didn’t and relaxed in the second half and we were punished for that,” said a frustrated Dzinkambani.
However, Mafco tactician Temwa Msuku, hailed his charges spirit in fighting back to earn a point.
“Our first half performance was shocking and not good enough hence we had to come back strong in the second half and we did that and as a coach I was delighted with that response,” he said.