Malawi National Football Team attacker Gerald Phiri Jr has said helping Baroka FC end a five-game winless run in the DStv Premiership in South Africa was crucial to revamp team morale.
Phiri’s strike proved to be decisive as Baroka defeated Stellenbosch 3-2 at Davie Craven Stadium on Wednesday.
“It was disappointing after playing five matches without a win. We encouraged each other to win the game.
“It is always good to help your club to win matches and I am feeling happy that I scored a decisive goal because we conceded two goals during added time,” he said.
This was Phiri’s second goal this season after also scoring in Baroka’s 2-2 draw with TS Galaxy.
At the Davie Craven Stadium, Phiri Jr’s goal proved to be decisive rather than a bonus, as Stellenbosch rallied in added time and scored through Stanley Dimgba and a Ryan Noon penalty, though ultimately it was too little, too late from the Cape side as they succumbed to Baroka 3-2.
However, Baroka coach Thoka Matsimela did not use Flames striker Richard Mbulu during the match, in which Evidence Makgopa scored a brace for Baroka
Magkopa has scored five goals, one above Mbulu.
Meanwhile, Flames attacker Gabadinho Mhango was introduced in the 60th minute when his club Orlando Pirates slipped to sixth spot in the DStv Premiership after being held to a goalless draw by Durban-based outfit Golden Arrows on Wednesday evening.
Another Malawian Limbikani Mzava was not in action when his side AmaZulu drew 1-1 with Supersport United at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium.