25 goals scored in Super League opening week

Chiukepo scored a brace

25 goals have been scored during opening week of the 2019 TNM Pokopoko Super League which has seen Silver Strikers lead other teams on the log table with four points.

The goals have been scored from the scheduled 10 games where three produced barren draws.

Last season the first week had produced 20 goals from nine games.

Silver Strikers started their league tasks in Northern Region where they beat hosts Karonga United 3-0 before holding Chitipa United to a goalless draw at Karonga Stadium on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday’s result puts Silver’s hitman Khuda Muyaba as the top goalscorer having netted the only hattrick.

Four players, namely Nyasa Big Bullets’ Chiukepo Msowoya, Civil Sporting’s Lucky Mdezo, Harry Nyirenda and Babatunde Adepoju of Be Forward Wanderers and Karonga’s Peter Mselema managed a brace each.

Mzuni goalkeeper Pilirani Mapira was the unluckiest one to have let in more goals against Wanderers.

Mighty Tigers also managed four points from the Central Region by holding Kamuzu Barracks to a goalless draw and beating Dwangwa United 1-2 at their backyard at Chitowe Stadium.

Khuda Muyaba is the league's top goal scorer with 3 goals
Khuda Muyaba is the league's top goal scorer with 3 goals

Debutants Ntopwa United got a point for their goalless draw against Mzuni at Kamuzu Stadium while their Central Region counterparts Mlatho Mponela are pointless after being thrashed by Civil Sporting Club on Sunday.

Ntopwa FC coach Leo Mpulura said the team needs time for the players to adapt to the elite league pressure.

“We created a lot of chance against Mzuni, but were unable to score because we lack great finishers. Right now, we need both enforcement and also work with the available players to ensure they master the scoring techniques, otherwise we will bounce back,” Mpulura said.

Mzuni coach Gilbert Chirwa said getting a point in the Southern Region was not healthy, but also attributed the loss to lack of motivation to the players.

“The players made a lot of errors in both the Wanderers and Ntopwa games, but we understand the problems and as coaches we will work on them so that going forward we should be able to grab maximum points in away games,” Chirwa said.

Nomads coach Bob Mpinganjira said despite the win with a wide margin, he was not amused by the weaknesses he has noted in the team.

Wanderers is placed third on the log table followed by Bullets and Civil on position five.

Karonga, Dwangwa, Mlatho Mponela and TN Stars appear in a descending order from position 13 after failing to collect points.

The 2019 season was launched on Saturday at Kasungu Stadium.