2024-07-13

Thaboland Outclass Hard Knockers in NRFA SIMSO League

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By Victor Stephan…..

Rumphi-based new boys in this year’s NRFA SIMSO League Thaboland on Sunday afternoon produced one of their best performances in the league outclassing Ekwendeni Hard knockers by 3 goals to nil.

Both teams played cautiously in the opening minutes but a long clearance from the visitors’ defense found Patrick Kasambala who outrun Hard knocker’s defense before Coolry slotted passing the advancing keeper to give them a lead at 4 minutes, Mwaona Chaipa doubled the visitors’ lead connecting Kasambala’s cross who was fed by Captain Alick Harawa from the right.

The home team better known as Sikizi looked jittery from the word go as they kept on conceding several free kicks, despite making a double substitution minutes into the second half they conceded yet another goal when Owen Gondwe scored through a powerful header after connecting a cross from Patrick Kasambala whose combination with Alick Harawa gave the home defense a bitter taste of the day.

So it ended Ekwendeni Hard Knockers 0 Thaboland 3

Victor Kapemba Team Manager for Ekwendeni Hard Knockers while conceding the defeat he blamed it on injuries and break but was optimistic about getting back to winning ways.

“We didn’t play today we conceded avoidable goals we have several injuries so lack of coordination affects us and the break too but we have hope that we will start winning soon and we will qualify for the top 8.” confidently Kapemba said.

Thaboland FC mentor Chomac Chavula attributed the win to good preparation and a tactical approach.

“We planned to attack more from the word goal hence those early goals and the coming in of the veterans helped our young stars to play with confidence and we believe more better things are coming.” a visibly excited Chavula said in a post-match interview.

In another game played in the Cluster B Chipolopolo was held in a one-all draw by visitors Ekwaiweni Tafika Sports Academy.

With a point, it means Ekwaiweni Tafika Sports Academy has equaled points with leaders Lube Masters with a goal difference separating the two while the win has pushed Thaboland to third position.

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