Stalemate day in Tnm Super League, no victory registered

All three Tnm super league matches played on 3rd July 2021 have ended in stalemate as no team failed to register a victory in the matches.

It was another busy day in office for Tnm Super League teams with about eight games to wrap up the 2020/2021 football season.

Following Sulom’s announcement that Blantyre and Lilongwe derbies which were scheduled for this weekend have been canceled as Nyasa Big Bullets, Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers have each contributed at least three players to 1 team which is in camp preparing for 2021 Cosafa cup, there were only three games in the league on Saturday.

There was an all-soldiers affair at Mzuzu Stadium as brothers in arms Moyale Barracks and Red Lions battled for the most precious three points in the league, in a very physical game.

The game was marred by many injuries.

Moyale Barracks player lying in agony

With a lot of missed opportunities, the game ended goalless at 90 minutes.

In post-match interviews, Moyale Barracks, second in command Prichard Mwansa said the game result was contrary to their preparations and expectations.

The former Red Lions mentor it is worrying to draw at home at the time when the league is now heated up.

“We didn’t expect this result. We have drawn today, not good enough because it is not good enough to fail utilizing the home ground advantage. We wanted to get all three points, but we lost our touch and shape just because some of our players lost confidence as the Red Lions players were too solid on the ball,” said Mwansa.

Red Lions Captain (20) stitched for head injury

On the other side, Red Lions head coach Alick Chirwa said the Zomba-based outfits have been robbed off of their victory due to poor officiation.

Chirwa said the game deserved to be too physical as it was an all-soldiers affair encounter.

“It was a too physical game because it was an all-soldiers affair game, when one family meets, that’s what happens. To my side, it was not a very tough game. As I said yesterday, it was a simple game only that the referees have led us down to make it 0-0 but we could have won the game,” said Chirwa.

The goalless draw takes the Kaning’ina soldiers to position seven with 30 points from 20 games while Red Lions remains on position 11 with 25 points from 20 games.

In another encounter at Kamuzu Stadium, Mighty Tigers gave away an early lead to draw 1 ll against Kamuzu Barracks.

Kamuzu Barracks dominated the first half as Kelvin Hanganda missed scoring opportunities.

At 24 minutes in the first half, the Kau Kau boys took the lead through Blessings Banda’s rebound after a well-taken corner kick from Kondwani Chilembwe.

Five minutes later, Precious Chipungu had a chance to double the Tigers’ lead, but he shot over the bar with an empty goal.

At 79 minutes, Kamuzu Barracks equalized through a SAM Gunda’s goal. In what seemed like a nightmare to the visitors, Precious Chipungu was fouled in the box and the referee called for a penalty few minutes after the equalizer.

Precious Chipungu’s first take of the spot-kick which he scored was canceled following an encroachment by Kamuzu Barracks defenders.

KB’s goalie Leman Nthala parred away Chipungu’s retake and the game ended 1 all draw to the disappointment of Tigers head coach Trevor Kajawa who said his charges aimed for three points as the team fights for its survival in the league.

“Very painful. We were supposed to get all three points. We had a penalty, we missed. That’s part of the game. We need to accept and go forward. The three points were crucial as we wanted to add to the 17 points to take us to 20 points, but we now have 18 points. It is not good for us. Anything can happen, we will still fight on for our survival in the league,” complained Kajawa.

Kamuzu Barracks head coach Charles Kamanga bemoaned it was a difficult game but congratulated his charges for getting a point despite missing scoring chances.

“It was a very tough game. We failed to score in the first half. We told our players during half time to fight on. We had a lot of chances which we failed to utilize, but the good thing is that we didn’t lose the game,” said Kamanga.

Kamuzu Barracks are now on position 12 with 23 points from 20 games while Mighty Tigers still holds the 14th position with 18 points from 22 games

At Nankhaka Stadium, visitors Tn Stars came from behind to draw 1 all against Blue Eagles.

The hosts took the lead through Lazarus Deco Nyemera on 15 minutes in the first half. Tn Stars equalized through Anorld Masamba on 48 minutes who was voted Old Mutual man of the match.

Masamba (R)scored an equalizer

With eight games to go, Tn Stars head coach Joseph Malizani said he is optimistic that his charges will finish in top eight.

“I am impressed with the result. We are improving on each and every game. We are going to make it into top eight,” said Malizani.

On the other side, Blue Eagles mentor Gerald Phiri Snr said his team missed services of other senior players in the name of Mecium Mhone, Gardie Chirwa and Gilbert Chirwa as the team didn’t play its game.

“We didn’t play our game today. We struggled the whole 90 minutes I think because we missed some of our players. A point to us is bad, I’m disappointed with the way how other players played today. We will see the way forward,” said Phiri.

Blue Eagles is now on position 10 with 26 points from 21 games while Tn Stars are on position nine with 29 points from 22 games.