Tigers claw Chitipa, earn six points up in TNM Super League
By Lusekero Mhango
KARONGA-(MaraviPost)-Mighty Tigers quest to collect six maximum points in their two assignments in the north became reality on Sunday after earning a hard fought 0-1 win against a battling Savenda Chitipa United in a TNM Super League encounter.
The match played in front of a sizable crowd at the Karonga Stadium was settled through a lone strike in the first half curtesy of Tony Mbulu.
The victory meant that the Blantyre based side concurred Karonga by massing a full maximum six points in their two assignments after also downing Karonga United 1-0 the previous day.
Meanwhile the defeat ended the lions of Chitipa’s many revivals which had seen them pick up five points from their past three fixtures as they seek to pull themselves further clear from the relegation zone.
The match which was not a classic encounter by any means saw the away side just do enough to edge out the game led by the impressive Christopher Mikuwa who was immense in front of the sticks.
The hosts who played the most impressive football throughout the game failed to capitalize on their dominance as chance after chance went begging to grab an equalizer.
Speaking in a post-match interview Tigers coach Gerard Phiri, hailed his side’s tactical discipline and defensive shape in shutting out two attacking teams in earning the six points.
“We have had two difficult games in Karonga where on another day we could of lost both encounters but because of a solid backline we knew a single goal could be enough to hang on to the victory’s which proved hence I’m delighted with the players efforts,” articulated a buoyant Phiri.
However, his counterpart Alex Ngwira, bemoaned his charge’s wastefulness in front of goal saying they at least deserved a point from the game.
“We should of never lost this encounter going by the balance of play and chances created but today was one of those days where no matter what we did the ball wasn’t ever going in the net despite our dominance hence we must be more ruthless at this level,” said a frustrated Ngwira.
With the six maximum points collected in Karonga Mighty Tigers have climbed up to ninth on the log table with 29 points to their name from 23 matches while Savenda Chitipa United stay in eleventh with 25 points from also 23 games.
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