By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Civil Sporting Club players and officials were left gnashing their teeth after suffering their fourth consecutive TNM Super League defeat when they went down 0-1 to TN Stars at Civo Stadium Sunday.
Substitute China Chirwa’s late strike piled more pressure on the Franco Ndawa-led technical panel in a match that saw Isaac Msiska’s spot kick saved by Stars goalkeeper Blackson Koteyi in the second half.
Civil had a perfect start to the season with three wins but things changed suddenly after losing 1-0 to Mighty Tigers.
This was followed by a 6-0 humiliation at the hands of Super League defending champions, Nyasa Big Bullets.
They also lost 1-0 to Silver Strikers in a Lilongwe.
Losing to Stars was a bitter pill to swallow for the Civil Servants as they descended to position 12 on the log table with nine points from seven games whereas Stars have moved up to fourth with 16 points, at par with third-placed Be Forward Wanderers but the latter has a better goal difference.
An emotional Civil Team Manager, Gabriel Chirwa, admitted that things were going from bad to worse.
“It is bad for us and we do not know what the main problem is. It is surprising that the commitment of the players is not as we expected. Things must improve. We cannot continue losing like this,” Chirwa said.
One of Stars’ coaches, Mike Banda, praised his charges for the victory.
“We are not suprised that we got three points against Civil. They are a team that we know very well. We plotted their downfall and it has worked. This is a morale booster for us,” Banda said.
At Karonga Stadium, Blue Eagles triumphed 5-3 over Chitipa United to reclaim top spot in the league.
Micium Mhone and Stuart Mbunge hammered a brace before Schumacher Kuwali sealed the victory for Eagles.
Chitipa scored through Shenton Banda, Slick Chiona and Tinkhani Nyirenda.
The cops have moved back to the top with 17 points from nine games above second-placed Kamuzu Barracks on goals scored.
The two teams have the same goal difference of four each.
Bullets and Mzuni played out a goal-less draw at Mzuzu Stadium.
This means Bullets have collected four points from two games in Mzuzu having beaten Moyale 2-0 on Saturday.
In other games, Ntopwa thrashed Mlatho Mponela 5-1 at Kamuzu Stadium with Josaya Duwa’s brace and one goal each from Mphatso Magaleta, Tione Jailosi and Authur Moffatt.
Frazer Menyani scored Mlatho’s face saver.
The result moved Ntopwa to position 11 with 10 points from nine games whereas Mlatho are 13th with eight points from 10 games.
Masters Security and Tigers shared spoils after a goalless draw at Dedza Stadium.