Blantyre United edged Civo United 1-0 to leave the Civil Servants winless in four TNM Super League matches and pile the pressure on elevated head coach Thom Mkolongo.
Muhamad Sulumba side-footed into the net Sparrow Msowoya’s square pass across the Civo goal-mouth in the 37th minute at Kamuzu Stadium.
The goal granted the burly striker Sulumba some temporary relief as, earlier, fans chanted and yelled urging coach Elia Kananji to remove him for terrible wastage.
Civo, who held Azam Tigers 0-0 on Saturday in Nchalo, have themselves to blame for the defeat as captain Emmanuel Zoya had his penalty saved by United goalkeeper Carlington Misomali two minutes later.
Restored to the startling line up alongside Misomali, defender Wachimwa Sadiki, who also cost United a penalty on last season’s final match against Epac FC, had handled in the penalty box to gift Civo the penalty.
After the game, Mkolongo wore a brave face, insisting that it was a matter of time before his new young strikers become fluent in front of the goal.
On the other end, it was United’s first win in three matches. They have four points while Civo are second off the foot of the table on a point. Mponela are without a point at the bottom.