Escom beat Embangweni 2-0, open six-point gap

TNM Super League defending champions Escom United on Friday maintained their grip on top position when they beat bottom-placed Embangweni United 2-0 to go six-points clear.

The match was played at the Zomba Community Centre ground before a sizeable crowd.

The win has taken the Electricians tally to 44 points, but the lead might be reduced to three points if second-placed Silver Strikers, who have 38 points, beat Civo United. The two Lilongwe giants were playing yesterday as we went to press.

The Electricians approached the game casually in the opening minutes, but got little resistance from their opponents.

Chimango Kaira, Heston Munthali and Ndaziona Chatsalira made attempts at Embangweni’s goal, but failed to break the deadlock.

Nonetheless, Kaira came on target on the half-hour mark when he simply finished the ball into the net for the opener after Chatsalira had done the spadework on the right.

Soon after resumption, Embangweni tried to make some in-roads into the Electricians’ half, but their midfield marshalled by Dennis Nyirenda and Wongani Ngulube could not supply the much-needed balls to the strikers.

Substitute Benard Harawa, who came in for Lawrence Milanzi, doubled the advantage in the 50th minute when he unleashed a 40-metre shot that curled past a hapless Chenga Sikwewa in goals.

In the dying minutes of the game, Embangweni’s Ngulube could have reduced the arrears, but hesitated to shoot at goal resulting in the ball being cleared by Chipiliro Jose.

Escom coach Charles Manda was wary of the remaining games.

“The battle rages on. We have to keep our heads high to win the remaining games,” said Manda.

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