Red Lions yesterday survived a scare from Kasungu-based rookies’ TN Stars’ who came from behind to hold them 2-2 at Mangochi Stadium in a TNM Super League match.
But despite collecting a point, the Zomba-based Malawi Defence Force (MDF)-sponsored outfit is back at the summit of the 16-team league with eight points from four games.
After a goalless first-half, Matthews Simbeye put Lions ahead but TN equalised through China Chirwa, before Stevie Ziba restored Lions lead, only for TN to level the scores through Stain Davie and earn their first point in the top-flight league.
In a post-match interview, Lions coach Sterio Gondwe regretted the missed chances.
“Our major weakness now is that we are failing to make use of the chances we are creating. It was a tough game because TN Stars were playing the type of game associated with the lower leagues.
“All the same, a point is better than none as it has helped us reclaim the top slot,” he said.
On his part, Stars coach Meke Mwase said: “I think we have not been getting results due to stage fright since most of my players are playing in the Super League for the first time. But today’s result should give us confidence.”
At Silver Stadium in Lilongwe, Silver Strikers saw-off Dwangwa United 3-0.
Jack Chiona drew first blood against his former team before Mphatso Phillimon claimed a brace in the second half.
The Bankers have moved up four places to sixth. They now have six points from three games.
In other matches, another MDF outfit Moyale Barracks beat Blue Eagles 1-0 while Kamuzu Barracks chalked their first win when they beat Masters Security 1-0 via Fransico Kamdzeka’s strike.