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Gilbert Chirwa wins coaches award

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By Bernard Mhone:

REWARDED FOR HARDWORK—Chirwa

Mzuni FC Coach Gilbert Chirwa has won the TNM Super League Aspire Trading Coach of the Month award for September.

Chirwa received his award, whose monetary prize is K100,000, after a goalless draw against Mafco on Sunday at Mzuzu Stadium in a league encounter.

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The national football team legend said he expected the award after helping Mzuni to move off the top flight league’s relegation zone.

“The team has performed well in several games since I took over and I expected to win an award for that. I am very happy for winning this award. I thank the Mzuni family for their support which has helped me to win.

“Stakeholders in the team joined hands to ensure that we come up with a winning team and move off the bottom of the table. The team was on position 15 when I was joining but we are now in the top 10 on the log table and I cannot remember when we last lost a game. I am very proud of my players,” Chirwa said.

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Mzuni are on seventh position in the league with 35 points from 28 games. They will wind up their season with games against Be Forward Wanderers and Nchalo United.

Commenting on the Mafco game, Chirwa described the barren draw as a fair result, saying teams that are fighting relegation are tough to beat.

“It is a fair result to us because, after they lost 1-0 to Moyale Barracks, they did their homework and came hard on us. They also played a physical game which affected our game plan,” Chirwa said.

His Mafco counterpart Tione Mhone, who has scooped a point on his Northern Region tour, maintained that his side would escape the chop.

Mhone said his side would hold special preparations for their three remaining games to be played at Chitowe Stadium in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota District.

“It was a bad day for us. We expected to win after losing to Moyale. But it is not over yet. We still have three games remaining and we will work hard to win them and see what happens next. We will go flat out to collect maximum points,” he said.

The Salima-based soldiers’ opponents in their three remaining games are Be Forward Wanderers, Azam Tigers and brothers-in-arms Kamuzu Barracks.

Mafco are 15th on the table with 25 points from 27 games.

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