Snipers FC have become inaugural champions of Carlsberg Six-A-Side Indoor Social Football League following a 3-1 triumph over Sports Friends at College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre last Sunday.
A brace from captain Chimango Munthali and a strike from Ted Rhoka ensured a comfortable win for Snipers. Sports Friends got their consolation goal through Frank Mulimanjala.
However, such a big final could not end without a little smear of controversy. Before the match, the two sides spent almost 10 minutes arguing about the eligibility of Snipers’ goalkeeper Swadick Sanudi who was thought to be involved in active soccer. Sanudi was allowed to play after organisers realised that he quit active soccer long time ago.
“We have travelled through a long and rugged road to reach this far. But I am happy that the trophy is finally with us. I thank my players for giving their all during the competition,” said Snipers coach Alfred Lungu.
His Sports Friends counterpart Clement Zimtambila attributed their defeat to some tactical flaws, especially in the dying minutes of the 20-minute encounter. But he hailed his charges for putting up a good show.
Indebank beat Limbe Socials 1-0 in a third-placed match. Francis White scored the priceless goal after receiving a pass from his captain Ronald Chimchere. TMT’s Suhail Osman, whose team stuttered in the quarter-finals, was named the tournament’s best player.
The tournament, which Carlsberg Malawi Limited sponsored in partnership with Sports Complex, involved 24 teams. The tournament started on September 19.
Carlsberg Malawi senior brands manager (alcoholics) Twikale Chirwa said they have been impressed with the conduct of the players and they will come back with another sponsorship next year. n