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Mafco FC maintain top spot, as Surestream earn first point

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Mafco FC Sunday maintained their grip at the top of the TNM Super League following 1-0 victory over Civo Service United at Civo Stadium.

The Salima-based soldiers have 12 points and maintained their 100 percent record in the TNM Super League this season.

Paul Phiri was the hero of the day when he scored the only goal of the match.

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Azam Tigers and Blue Eagles missed a golden opportunity of toppling the league leaders after the two sides settled for a one-all draw on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Kamuzu Stadium.

With other teams on bye due to the Flames assignment, the game provided a chance for either side to leapfrog Mafco who had nine points before playing Civo United.

Both Tigers and Eagles went into the game with seven points apiece and a win could have taken one of them to the top with 10 points.

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But Eagles, missing their captain John CJ Banda and playmaker Micium Mhone, were visibly shaky in their attack.

Tigers, on the other hand, seemed to be on their way to yet another victory when they scored first through Yamikani Chester after 21 minutes.

Chester tapped in from a rebound after Eagles goalkeeper John Soko spilled a shot from Peter Katsonga, but a long-range drive from on -and-off Flames midfielder Phillip Masiye caught Tigers goalkeeper Nenani Juwaya by surprise.

As for Civo, they are now without a win in five matches and coach Oscar Kaunda was dejected though confident of returning to winning ways soon.

“We had a good game in the first half but our strikers let us down again. We are still building a team and very soon good results will come,” said Kaunda.

His Mafco counterpart, Stereo Gondwe, was delighted with the victory saying they are aiming for the league title this season.

“It was a tough game. Civo gave us a good game but we showed that we are a good side,” said Gondwe.

At Kamuzu Stadium, violence erupted after Surestream managed to hold Red Lions to a two-all draw.

The rookies twice came from behind to equalise through penalties. Lions scored first through Kumbukani Mwambene in 5th minute only for Bernard Chimaimba to equalise after 35 minutes.

Then Lions took the lead again in 48th minute through Innocent Bokosi but the rookies again equalised in added time after Mwambene handled in the box prompting the soldiers to attack the referee Boniface Chipinga soon after the final whistle.

Fans retaliated by fighting with the soldiers, smashing their bus in the process. In other games, Mzuni collected maximum points after triumphing over Moyale Barracks 3-2 at Mzuzu Stadium.

Airborne stunned Kamuzu Barracks 2-1, while Dedza Young Soccer beat Epac 2-1.

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