Azam TigersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ outspoken coach Leo Mpulula usually punishes opponents with superior tactics, but he got a bitter test of his own medicine on Saturday.
His Tigers were toothless and hopeless as they suffered one of their TNM Super League worst defeats in recent years, 6-3, to Moyale Barracks FC at the Kamuzu Stadium.
Mpulula looked lost after the match, wondering how his charges, who were good enough to beat Mighty Wanderers 2-1 the previous day, could crumble like a deck of cards.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is the worst performance of my career. I never experienced this even at Blantyre United. Not even in my entire life. There are no more words for me,Ã¢â‚¬Â Mpulula told MBC Radio Two FM Sports on Sunday.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“There was no commitment; our attitude was wrong and the display was so poor. It was not to our high standard. I have to go back to the drawing board and talk to the players.Ã¢â‚¬Â
It got worse for Tigers when their striker Charles Ngosi got marching orders.
In front of few fans at the giant stadium, striker Deus Nkuku bagged a hat-trick for Moyale, who lost 2-1 to Blantyre United the previous day.
Simkonda brothers Andy and Gastin, alongside Crispin Fukizi, scored for the KaningÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ina soldiers whereas Gerald Chimbaka, Mike Kaziputa and Maxwell Mwanyongo were on song for Tigers.
Tigers, were as of Saturday, on sixth position on the table on 34 points. On the other hand, the win eased MoyaleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s troubles, taking their tally to 31 points from 22 games.
In a post-match interview, Moyale coach Nicholas Mhango revealed that his players were badly in need of motivation.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our team is lacking motivation. We have financial problems. We are calling on our supporters to help us. This is their team,Ã¢â‚¬Â he pleaded.
In another Super League second-round game, Embangweni United drew 0-0 with Red Lions at Balaka Stadium on Saturday.