Times Socials received a timely boost ahead of the Easter Bonanza slated for Kamuzu Stadium after the company’s management approved its new monthly budget.
The good news was announced at BAT Ground, where Times delivered a master-class performance to baptise MBC Socials 8-1 on Saturday.
It was a great performance from the team, which has now chalked 18 wins, two defeats and two draws since its inception.
Times Managing Director Leonnard Chikadya made the announcement at half time when his charges were leading 3-0.
Chikadya told the team that its new monthly budget had been approved before pledging support, in terms of equipment, including balls.
He then dared the side to score two more goals but his troops responded in fine fashion, scoring five goals and conceding once in the second half to sum up a bad day for MBC, which had the likes of Noel Chimkwende, Ernest Ndalama and Martin Chilimapunga Jnr whereas Ephraim Nyirenda and Simeon Shumba were on the touchline issuing instructions.
Times Coach Yankho Seunda hailed Times Group management for approving the new budget.
“We thank management for supporting the team because sport brings people together and keeps them fit. The team should be supported throughout the month. MD has also assured us that the team will be empowered by getting more balls,” he said.
“Every time the MD shows up, it is quite a morale booster to us. This is not the first time he has showed up and offered us immense support. That gave us extra strength; the players were super delighted; no wonder, we won the game. This was a derby but we are not surprised with the result because we are good at what we do,” he said.
Seunda, who was flanked by team manager Harold Chimlozi, said they were fully charged ahead of the bonanza.
“Our record speaks for itself. This is our 22nd game and we have secured 18 wins, two draws and two losses. We are delighted that we have been invited to the bonanza and we are optimistic that we are going to take the trophy home,” he said
During the game, Times fielded a relatively good side despite missing some of its key players.
Goalkeeper Richard Chirombo made his debut and he commanded his defence well while Sam Banda Jnr marshalled the defence with ease. John Chipula excelled in midfield while Chimwemwe Mangazi, Zondwaor Bizeck, Jabulani Scott, Chisomo Kabichi, Robert Mbeza and Eric Msikiti were lively in attack.
Mangazi, Scott and Bizeck claimed a brace each whereas Chipula scored the last goal.