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Civil go top of TNM Super League

ON THE DRIVING SEAT—Civil celebrate in a previous match

Civil Service United impressive run continued yesterday after beating Karonga United 2-1 at Karonga Ground to keep up the early pace in the TNM Super League title race.

The Lilongwe-based side moved to the summit of the log table with 14 points from six matches, ahead of second-placed Red Lions on goal difference, but the soldiers have played seven matches.

Striker Raphael Phiri scored Civil’s winner towards the end of the match after Lusekelo Malema had scored an own goal before Antony Mfune equalised for the home side.

The victory came just a day after Civil defeated Chitipa United by a similar margin at the same venue.

After the match, Civil Assistant Coach Elia Kananji said his troops capitalised on Karonga’s weaknesses.

“We knew Karonga have good strikers and midfielders but the defence is porous, so we had a special plan for them. We came here with a purpose and it is good that we collected maximum points,” he said.

Karonga Coach Daniel Dzinkambani rued missed chances.

“We denied them more chances, but they were clinical in front of goal. It is painful to lose at home but we missed several chances,” he said.

At Mpira Stadium, Royal Bokosi also continued with his form when he scored the lone goal of the match as Red Lions beat Ekwendeni Hammers 1-0.

Silver Strikers, who claimed a 2-1 victory over Mafco on Saturday, are third with 13 points whereas the Salima-based soldiers have dropped to fourth spot with the same number of points.

Elsewhere, Blue Eagles returned home with just a single point from two matches after losing 1-0 to Moyale Barracks on Saturday before a 1-1 stalemate with Mzuzu Warriors.

Collen Nkhulambe was on target for Warriors from the penalty spot, but Stuart Mbunge rescued a point, also from the penalty.

It was also a tough week for Ntopwa, having collected one point from the possible six in their Central Region.

Ntopwa drew 2-2 with Kamuzu Barracks on Saturday before a 2-1 loss to TN Stars at Kasungu Ground.

Gift Chunga and China Chirwa scored for Stars before Victor Chirambo netted the consolation.

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