TNM Super League defending champions Kamuzu Barracks (KB) and bottom-placed Chitipa United registered much-needed victories Sunday against Moyale and Azam Tigers, respectively.
Chitipa beat Azam Tigers 3-2 to claim their first league win of the season after seven games.
Alick Phiri was well-positioned to tap home from a rebound in the 23rd minute after Emmanuel Muyira’s strike was saved by Tigers’ goalkeeper William Thole.
Wacheta Mwenifumbo doubled the home side’s advantage in the 40th minute with a 40-metre-drive to give them a 2-0 lead at half time.
Tigers returned from the break with new ideas that paid dividends two minutes into the second period as Stein Pendame’s free-header from a corner-kick gave the visitors renewed hope.
With five minutes before the final whistle, Chitipa substitute Christopher Mtambo secured all the points for his side with a superb strike to send the home supporters into jubilation.
Pendame claimed his brace in stoppage time from the spot-kick to end the match 3-2.
In Lilongwe, defending champions KB earned a hard fought 1-0 victory over Moyale Barracks at Civo Stadium.
Forward Kelvin Hanganda was the hero of the day when he netted the only goal of the match to secure maximum points.
Following the win, KB have moved to position 11 with eight points from six games whereas struggling Nyasa Big Bullets were held to a 1-1 draw by Premier Bet Wizards in Nchalo.
Davie Banda scored for Bullets whereas Mischeck Bottoman equalized for Wizards.
KB Coach, Billy Phambala, said the victory was important.
“It was a tough match but we managed to collect maximum points,” Phambala said.
His Moyale counterpart, Charles Kamanga, said the loss was painful.
“There is still a long way to go and we will return to winning ways,” he said.
After the weekend games, Red Lions still top the log table with 12 points after scoring ten goals against Be Forward Wanderers’ six.
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