Chitipa United are still positive about returning to the TNM Super League despite suffering their first loss in the Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) Simama and Sons Premier League on Thursday.
Their unbeaten run was brought to a halt by Fish Eagles, who beat them 2-0 at Katoto Secondary School ground in Mzuzu.
Smith Kadawasi’s brace was enough to end Chitipa’s unbeaten record.
However, Chitipa recovered two days later to beat M’bawa 2-0.
Chitipa United team manager Watson Kaghaye accepted the defeat, saying it is part of the game.
“We accepted the defeat; it was one of those bad days. It happens in football, the solace is that we recovered and won our next game.
“We are still topping the table and that gives us confidence in our quest for top-flight league return,” he said.
On the other hand, Fish Eagles team manager Lucky Mauluka applauded his charges for breaking Chitipa’s unbeaten record.
“It is nice to stop a good team like Chitipa. Special mention should go to my boys for playing according to instructions,” he said.
Chitipa are still top of the table with 46 points from 19 games. They have won 14, drawn four and lost one. Bolero United are second with 40 points from 19 games while Ekwendeni are third also with 40 points from the same number of games, but are separated by goal difference.
Eagles are fourth with 35 points from 19 games. n