Bangwe Township-based Chieza Bawo Club granted Chilomoni outfit a 22-19 home defeat during a gruelling encounter at Chilomoni Government Primary School in Blantyre on Sunday.
This was a sweet revenge for Chieza who suffered a 20-18 defeat when they hosted Chilomoni in another three-hour encounter four months ago.
“We are now satisfied that we have also beaten them [Chilomoni] at their backyard. It pained us a lot when they embarrassed us in our territory. Now, we need to face off at a neutral ground,” said Chieza treasurer Lloyd Chapita who was leader of delegation.
Chieza owe their victory to superb performances by Patrick Mpawa and McDonald Naruso who made individual contributions of six points apiece.
Mpawa earned three two-pointers, that is, he made dramatic U-turns in three successive games that saw his central processing area (nyumba) demolished in the early moves of the encounters.
Nevertheless, it was the losing side’s enterprising player Elias Mapira who deserved much respect on the day as he made an individual effort of 10 points.
Each team had eight players, but Mapira appeared the brightest of them all.
Chilomoni Bawo Club general secretary Willie Cheleuka attributed their loss to complacency, saying they were a bit careless when making their line-up.
“After beating Chieza a few months ago, we underrated them. We thought they were not good enough to face our best players. However, we realised too late that we were making a big mistake,” Cheleuka said.
The game was graced by bawo president Lorex Kapanga who described the growing competition between the two clubs as healthy for the sport.