Draw settles charity BT derby



Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers drew 0-0 in a charity friendly match organised by Central Region Football Association (CRFA) played at the Kasungu stadium on Sunday.

The two Blantyre based arc rivals displayed good football the first half of the match despite the 2019 TNM super league champions featuring a team full of their reserve players while Wanderers featured their regular players.
Both sides created a number of scoring opportunities but failed to utilize them, no goals were scored before the break .

In the second half, play resumed for only 10 minutes before referee Alfred Chilinda stopped the match following heavy rains that made the pitch unplayable making it difficult for the players to play their normal game.

Fans who came to watch the match had to wait for close to 40 minutes for the heavy downpour to stop.
The two sides came back on the field to play. They played for 20 minutes but the hype of the match was lost because of the break and the water logged pitch which made it difficult for the two teams to interchange passes for a goal-less draw to settle the affairs of the afternoon.

After the match Wanderers team manager Victor Maunde described the draw as a fair result.
“We came hear for a charity match and I hope a draw is a fair result. We came with all our players. People know because that’s what the organizers of the match asked us to do and we did it to please our Kasungu fans who fail to watch their team when is even playing in Lilongwe”, Maunde said.

On the other hand the 2019 TNM super league champions assistant coach Peter Mponda said the heavy rains affected their game plan.
“We started well in the first half but the heavy rains affected our game plan that we didn’t play our normal game but am happy with how the team we featured played as most of the players are from the reserve team but showed the fighting spirit”, said Mponda.

Central Region Football Association organised the Match to raise funds to console bereaved families of Makesure Pirates official Chimwemwe Mkwinja and players Blessings Mhango and Douglas Mkolongo who lost their lives when the team was traveling to Mchinji to fulfil a Chipiku Stores football league fixture.


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