Even if Saturdayâ€™s TNM Super League second round game between 10-man Mighty Wanderers and Kamuzu Barracks FC were still being played now, chances are that it would still be goalless.
Such was Kamuzu Barracks goalkeeper Victor Nangwaleâ€™s defiance that he could not accept to concede a goal at Balaka Stadium on Saturday.
Lying fifth on 28 points, six behind leaders Silver Strikers, Wanderers eventually lost to a red card striker Gomezgani Gondwe for fighting 10 minutes after his second-half introduction. This send-off happened minutes after Nangwale had thrice denied Gerald Phiri Junior â€˜one-on-oneâ€™ chances.
Evance Napolo and Gerald Chimbaka also had their shots blocked by the former Bullets and Tigers goalkeeper, who insisted â€œIt is not that I was inspired because we were playing against Wanderers, this is just my form.â€
Even man-of-the match Joseph Kamwendoâ€™s efforts were kept at bay as the more he flicked the ball through the visitorsâ€™ defence, the more his teammate Phiri wasted opportunities to the disappointment of their camp.
Weld Nkuliwa for the soldiers, placed ninth on 19 points, showed what the Flames are missing; a lively left-winger who can perfectly cross the ball. Nkuliwa nearly stole a winner from a long range chip after dispossessing Wanderers defender Peter Nselema.