Griffin Stars made the most of Bangwe Babies’ shoddy defending to score eight goals to move three steps to the second spot in the FMB Under-20 Southern Region Football League midweek encounter at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC).
Braces from Christopher Chikwatu, Prescious Msosa and Ronald Kusaaja and strikes by Kondwani Phiri and Yusuf Luwanda helped the Stars to move from fifth place to second on 22 points, a point behind leaders Yizo-yizo and a point ahead of third-positioned Kangaroo Aces.
The Stars scored four goals in each half in a seemingly one-sided affair that gave them a predictable advantage right from the first whistle. For the better part of the game, action took place inside Bangwe Babies’ half.
It took only two minutes of play for the Stars to open the floodgates through Chikwatu, who added his second within a space of 10 minutes. Phiri and Luwanda made it 4-0 at half-time. Then, Msosa and Kusaaja followed with successive braces early in the second half.
The Stars’ impressive victory came barely few days after beating Golden Boys 3-0 in this 16-team competition, which will see each side playing 15 matches before the end of the first-round fixtures. At present, almost each team has played nine games.
“We are slowly and surely getting there,” said the Stars’ coach Griffin Saenda Junior. “We are back to form and we will make sure to win all our games to win the first round.”
However, defending champions Sporting Leopards are struggling to find a solid ground on the log table. Despite beating seventh place Ngwalamba FC 2-1 on Wednesday, they moved a step back to the fourth slot.