………..two matches abandoned again due to the same old reasons
By Duncan Kaonga.
The past week was a nightmare to Simama zealots; a weekend to forget in our esteemed league, something not even the league’s official would wish to note in their record book.
Out of 3 staged games on Saturday, only one match ended without any disturbances and this was the worst week of the league so far.
So, here is the round-up of matters on the pitch in the weekend gone by.
Fish Eagles were at home against Lufita at Katoto ground. The host utilized their home ground advantage and whacked their visitors by 3 goals to 1. Although they banged all the three points, they still cling to position 7 with 33 points. So too were the visitors who have maintained their status on the standings on position 10 with 26 points.
The other matches on Saturday ended in mayhem as the other two encounters involving Bolero and Ipota, and Zolozolo and Ekwendeni United were prematurely ended courtesy of some disputes.
Kawaza was sorting each other out against firebrands Ipota Shooting stars at Kawaza ground where the home team used all the required quantities to beat the stars by a goal to nil. Kawaza now have moved to the mid of the table with 30 points while their counterparts still are in the red zone with 17 points from 23 games.
In Rumphi, Bolero were up against dejected Lufita fc (at Bolero) where the match ended in favour of the hosts who won by 3 goals to one. Bolero now are level on points with provisional log leaders Ekwendeni Hammers with 41 points; only separated by a marginal goal difference.
Lufita are stuck on position 10 with 26 points from 21 games.
Last game was between high flying Ekwendeni Hammers and Lura fc at Chibavi ground. The match ended in favor of the log leaders Ekwendeni Hammers in a 7 goal thriller. 4-3 it ended.
All eyes now are to the NRFA to hear the verdict of the abandoned games of the games played in the week gone by.
The week coming ahead of us should be a turning point for teams who are fond of abandoning games in our desert like pitches.
Something is wrong with northern region junior teams
In FISD cup, barbaric acts emerged in a match between Karonga United, and Luwinga United at the Karonga community ground. When the match was to be decided by spot kicks, some uncivilized faithfuls suspected to be from the home side invaded the pitch and manhandled Luwinga United players who decided not to continue with the match for the fear of their lives.
Surprisingly, the verdict of the match saw Luwinga United being knocked out of the competition for causing an abandonment and the hosts were fined for the pitch invasion by their supporters. This means Karonga United will meet Rumphi Medicals at the Mzuzu stadium on Saturday in a regional final for the north.