Chitipa Utd gain league consciousness

Chitipa United FC, 2020 TNM Super League week8

Nomads draw 0-0 with Tigers

Northern region-based TNM Super League side Chitipa United got back to its feet to taste their first victory this season after defeating Moyale Barracks 3-2 at Karonga Stadium on Sunday.

Fondly called Inkharamu zgamu Chitipa meaning the Lions from Chitipa, the team was on its death bed like a patient in coma after playing seven games consecutively without a win since the league started in November.

The best result the team produced was a one-all draw against their homies Karonga United in their opening match.

While heads kept rolling to identify the source of the poor run, still the team returned empty handed from the central region last weekend.

Facing a fellow struggling side Moyale Barracks at home worked to Chitipa's advantage as Matthews Sibale, Slick Nyamwera and Muhammad Biasoni were lucky to find the back of the net.

Sibale scored the opener before the Mzuzu-based soldiers equalized though Clifford Fukizi to fade off the hopes by Chitipa.

Along the way, Nyamwera restored hope before Biyasoni sealed it all, but Hassan Upindi still had time to register his name on the team's scoresheet for the soldiers.

Despite the win, the border district side still anchor the table with four points now.

For the manager, Watson Kabaghe, the result is a turning point.

"We wanted to win a match and it has started. This is an encouragement to the boys that we can do it. Of course for this match we wanted to score more goals, but it's not bad. We hope for the best in the next games," he said.

Moyale is 13th on the log table with six points from nine games.

All eyes were in Blantyre to see if Be Forward Wanderers was to bring to an end their misery in the league as they battled against Mighty Tigers.

A clash of teams that are financially struggling with no sponsor and going through a bad patch in terms of performance.

After 90 minutes, the two sides shared spoils to split points.

The result takes the Nomads to position 12 with seven points from seven games, while Tigers are 13th with five points from eight games. 

Wanderers coach, Bob Mpinganjira said the team is on the right track.

"We are doing everything, creating all the chances and today we played well having noted that we were playing an equally struggling team, but we failed to score," he said.

His colleague from the Kaukau side, Trevor Kajawa was satisfied with the point.

In Lilongwe, Red Lions failed to move to the top of the league after their goalless draw with Blue Eagles at Nankhaka Stadium.

It has been a frustrating journey for the Lions to the Central Region as they have managed two draws, taking home only two points from the possible six.

On Saturday they were held 3-3 by Civo at Civo Stadium.

They are now third on the table with 19 points from 10 games.

Elsewhere, TN Stars got defeated 3-1 by Kamuzu Barracks at their Kasungu base.

Davie Banda, Zeliat Nkhoma and Marshall Maluwa ran riot against the Kasungu Boys before Laurent Banda scored the consolation.

Despite the win, KB is on position 11 with nine points from eight games, while TN Stars are placed sixth with 15 points from 10 games.

Currently, Silver Strikers top the table in week eight with 19 points, followed by Ekwendeni Hammers with similar points.