Ishmael Thindwa’s brace was not enough for him to retain the TNM Super League Golden Boot Award, but it guaranteed Epac United a sound finish after a 3-1 win over Blantyre United at the Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.
Minus Sparrow Msowoya, Tizgobere Kumwenda and Brown Mizeye, United were never the same team that beat Azam Tigers the previous day at the same venue.
With stand-in Flames coach Eddington Ng’onamo watching from the open terraces, Thindwa needed only four minutes to score.
Exciting Musa Manyenje passed the ball to Thindwa who slotted the ball into the net. It was clear that United’s defence was struggling.
Thindwa, who won last season’s golden boot on 18 goals, added the second goal on 24 minutes from the penalty spot, burying the ball past goalkeeper Carlington Misomali after United defender Wachimwa Sadiki handled in the box.
Thindwa finished on 16 goals, two behind Vincent Chinthenga of Bvumbwe Research.
Muhamad Sulumba made matters worse as he wasted opportunities when scoring seemed the most easy thing to do.
Manyenje killed off United’s resistance, firing hard and low at the far post following a cross from the left in the 72nd minute. Epac finished the season on position nine with 38 points whereas United are third on 51 points.
“I am happy to finish the season on a high,” Epac coach Abbas Makawa said in a post-match interview while his counterpart Elia Kananji bemoaned the early goals they conceded, saying they were the recipe for their defeat.
At Chitowe Stadium, Jimmy Mzunga and Osward Nkagula’s strikes handed Mafco a 2-0 win over fourth-placed Mighty Wanderers who have 45 points. The Nomads wind up their season today against Silver Strikers in Lilongwe.