Civo in 2nd successive loss, Eagles pip Envriom: Malawi TNM Super League

After losing 1-0 to rival camp Silver Strikers in a league opener last week, Civo United’s newly confirmed coach Thom Nkorongo suffered yet home loss as he saw his side bowing down 3-1 to visiting Moyale Barracks in a TNM Super League game played at Silver Stadium on Saturday, May 04, 2013.

Fielding almost the same side that lined up against the bankers last week- save for one or two changes, the servants were not as composed as they were against the defending champions and it was not surprising watching them conceding after 33 minutes.

Gastin Simkonda hit the target after taking on almost the entire Civo defence including goalkeeper Blessings Banda.

Banda was later taken off the field and replaced by second choice goalkeeper Mabvuto Nyasulu after colliding with a Moyale player.

Civo players have not done their boogie-woogie dance routine yet

Civo players have not done their boogie-woogie dance routine yet

The soldiers from Kaning’ina led 1-0 at half time and shortly after recess, Chamveka Gwetsani made it 2-0 straight from a free kick, which came after a foul by Richard Chande on Simkonda.

Moyale goalkeeper Olise Nkhwazi made a grave mistake in the 72th minute when a harmless 35-metre drive from Civo’s Blessings Phiri slipped through his fingers into the net.

With the servants hoping for an equalizer, Gwetsani extended the soldiers lead with a fine header from a Lemeck Thindwa cross.

A clearly disappointed Nkorongo, speaking after the final whistle blamed his charges of lacking commitment.

“We never played well and there was no sign of commitment from the boys,” said Nkorongo before
heading for the dressing room.

His counterpart Themba Ntontholo said he was delighted with the win.

“We lost at home against Blue Eagles last week and I am happy that we have managed to win away from home,” he said.

In other matches, Blue Eagles edged Envirom 1-0 at Nankhaka Ground with Azam Tigers beating Mponela by the same margin at Surestream. Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers played a 1-all draw at Kamuzu Stadium.

Blues Eagles have so far accumulated maximum nine points in their opening three encounters having beaten Moyale Barracks and debutants Mzuzu United 2-1 and 2-0 respectively in the opening week of the season.

In Saturday’s match, John CJ Banda’s fine run continued as he scored the lone strike that had Blue Eagles handing rookies Evirom their first 1-0 defeat.

Banda slotted the ball home in the 52nd after receiving a set piece from the right flank.

Defender Asedi Sambeja failed to clear the ball which found unmarked Banda in the penalty box  and he slotted home a vital goal.

Envirom showed some resilience  playing with one man down after Khole Ngulube was sent off for
elbowing Maxwell Salambura in the 35th minute.

Other new comers Mponela too made it two straight losses in falling 1-0 to Azam Tigers. Chimwemwe Nyakamera netted for the Kau Kau.

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