Mo626Ice College Basketball champions Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA)-Lilongwe campus’ unbeaten run was brought to a halt by Malawi Assemblies of God University (Magu) on Saturday.
Playing without some of their key players such as captain Hyden Mafuta, Patrick Chirwa and Malumbo Kumwenda due to club commitments, MCA men’s side was beaten 51-48 in a tight-throat affair at Civo court in Lilongwe to register their first loss in the Central Zone.
Magu interim manager Willz Jabah Chioko said team work was the centrepiece of their triumph.
“We were the underdogs going into this match because we were up against the champions, but good team spirit and self belief were the key factors behind our success,” he said.
Magu also won their other game 51-39 against Lilongwe Technical College.
Nevertheless, Mafuta vowed to pick themselves up in the quest to retain the National Bank of Malawi (NBM) plc-sponsored showpiece.
“It was painful but also a timely reality check as we draw closer to the end of the qualifiers.
“Even without some key players, our team played well and with an ounce of luck, we could have won it,” he said.
MCA won their other game by forfeit as University of Lilongwe did not show up for the fixture. In other games, Natural Resources College (NRC) thumped Nalikule 113-23 while Bunda beat NRC 66-43.
In the ladies category, Africa Bible College beat Magu 39-25, Bunda Olivette and Magu were awarded their games against Lilongwe University who did not show up.
In the Southern Zone, MCA-Blantyre men beat College of Medicine (Com) 68-60 while in the ladies’ contest CoM triumphed 67-6. n