Written by LEONARD SHARRA
LILONGWE--Civo United’s resurrection continued Saturday, October 27, 2012, when the side from the Office of President and Cabinet defeated Moyale Barracks 1-0 in a TNM Super League match played at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
The two sides, who drew twice in the Standard Bank Cup last month played a goal-less first half before defender John Lanjesi broke the deadlock two minutes into the second half after a corner by Lawrence Mwehiwa.
Lanjesi beat Moyale goalkeeper MacDonald Harawa with a second attempt from close range after the goalie had blocked his earlier effort. The Flames’ defender was also responsible for the soldiers’ 1-0 loss during the teams’ first round meeting in Mzuzu.
Both sides had other good scoring chances after Lanjesi’s opener but they wasted the opportunities. Moyale suffered a major blow midway into the second half, when their captain Lameck Thindwa was given marching orders for a second bookable offence.
Civo coach Alex Masanjala said he was happy with the win, which had moved his side from seventh to sixth position.
“I am happy that we have won. Games involving Civo and Moyale are always tough because the two teams are of equal strength. We have been the lucky ones to win today and I hope we will continue getting good results,” said Masanjala after the game.
Moyale’s Nicholas Mhango accepted the defeat, saying his defenders failed to assist the goalkeeper, when Lanjesi struck with his second attempt.
In other games, Big Bullets walloped Kabwafu United 3-0 at Balaka Stadium with the goals coming from the ex-Escom United trio of Heston Munthali, James Chilapondwa and Chimango Kaira.
Mafco won 2-1 against Blantyre United at Zomba Community Centre with Azam Tigers revenging their first round defeat at the hands of Silver Strikers by beating the bankers 1-0 at Kalulu Stadium.
The loss by Silver means the central giants are now level on 31 points ith Bullets but the bankers maintain the top spot on goal difference.