Ekwendeni Hammers (File photo)
By Antony Isaiah Jr
George Chaomba netted a brace in a game that Mighty Waka Waka Tigers came from one goal down to stage a classic 3-1 comeback against Ekwendeni Hammers at Mpira Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors were the first to break the deadlock as Gift Chunga scored in the 27th minute. However, Tigers who were eager for the victory as they are trying to rescue themselves from the chop and George Chaomba cancelled it with 5 minutes before break.
Precious Chiuza gave the Kau-Kau Boys the lead with 2 minutes before break as he reacted to George Chaomba’s blocked shot to slot it past Chancy Mtete who was manning the Hammers’ goal posts.
In the second half, George Chaomba completed his brace before taken out for Rafiq Juma.
Mighty Waka Waka Tigers who started the season with their guns blazing started struggling after a 3-0 defeat to Blue Eagles on May 8 ,2022. Prior to that defeat, Tigers had a good run of performance with 5 games without a defeat.
Mighty Tigers have managed to win two games consecutively this season for the first time since winning three games in a row against Red Lions, Dedza Dynamos and TN Stars.
They beat struggling TN Stars by two goals to nill last week at the same venue. They have now climbed the table to 11th with 23 points from 22 games. They are 8 points above the relegation zone.
Gilbert Chirwa to wait for his first win
Gilbert Chirwa who replaced the sacked Etson-Kadenge Mwafulirwa has to wait for his first victory with Ekwendeni Hammers as he has played three games without a win.
When taking over the helm, the former Nyasa Big Bullets Coach, vowed to improve the team’s performance but things seem like are not going as planned.
He started started his execution as Hammers played against Silver Strikers and the game ended 1-all before losing a Mzuzu Derby prior to Tigers defeat.
Hammers sit 14th with 15 points from 21 games.
George Chaomba in Red Hot
George Chaomba has managed to score 4 goals in two games.
Chaomba had a brace in a game that Tigers beat TN Stars seven days ago.
His movements and pacey proved it to be very tough for defenders and he nearly grabbed his hat-trick as his volley was blocked by Hammers’ defenders before Chiudza nodded it home in the 43rd minute.
On his second goal, he showed his class when he dribbled past three defenders before sending his volley into the net to complete his brace. He now has 6 goals to his name in League this season.
Kajawa Happy with the victory
Head Coach for Tigers, Trevor Kajawa said he was happy with the victory saying they are slowly running away from the relegation.
Kajawa who was under fire when his team suffered a 2-0 defeat to Dedza Dynamos said it was a tough nut to screw as Hammers are also trying to rescue themselves from the being axed from the elite league.
“We are all struggling, so it was a tough game. We were playing at home and we needed to have confidence for us to win the game. We have eight game remaining and we need to take game by game for us to survive,” said Kajawa.
Chirwa says his players are blunt
Coach for Ekwendeni Hammers has attributed the defeat to failing to equalise the scoring opportunities that they are creating.
“It was a good game but we failed to create the chances that we created. We needed to win these games for us to be safe,” said Gilbert Chirwa.
Elsewhere, Mafco returned to the winning ways as they beat Civil Service United by two goals to one and Dedza Dynamos beat Rumphi United by a goal to nill at Dedza Stadium.