Times Socials’ never-die-spirit nearly paid off on a windy Saturday morning, but it was not to be as they sank 1-0 to Firepower Socials at BAT Ground in Blantyre.
Firepower Socials’ striker Mphatso Bisani might have fluffed myriad chances prior to his moment of glory in the 30th minute but, when Ishmael Sanudi set him up through a set-piece, he planted the ball home.
Try as they could, resilient Times Socials players could not break through the barricade which Firepower Socials’ tough-as-a-tick defenders formed at the back.
The result condemned Times Socials to their first defeat in six games.
Times Socials Coach Yankho Seunda blamed the loss on “windy conditions on the day”.
“It was a bad day at the office for us but we blame everything on the wind. There were windy conditions on the day and my players could not cope up with the wind.
“It was like we were playing against Firepower Socials and the wind and this was unfair to us. If a team connives with the wind, just know that the match is tilted against you because no one wins a war against nature,” Seunda said.
However, the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services’ forecast for last Saturday warned people to “expect cold and windy conditions with rain drizzles and patches of fog during morning. Partly cloudy with few rain drizzles and showers in the afternoon”.
There was no indication of a windy day!
“As you can see, the weather took my players by surprise and they could not hear me shout tactical orders at them because the wind was drowning out my voice,” said a shivering Seunda.
Times Socials were also unlucky as Precious Kandoje’s 60th minute goal was struck off by the referee, who signalled for offside.
However, Firepower Socials striker and stand-in coach Bisani dismissed Seunda’s assertion, saying Times Socials simply had a bad day at the office because they came face-to-face with a “supremely gifted Firepower Socials”.
In another development, Times Socials received a new kit from Tecno Malawi.
Times Socials is sponsored by Times Group and Tecno Malawi.