Eagles exact revenge on Nomads to go top: Malawi TNM Super League

Blue Eagles FC on Wednesday, November 24, 2016 dislodged Kamuzu Barracks on top of the TNM Super League log table after edging Mighty Be Forward Wanderers 2-1 in a closely contested league match played at Nankhaka ground in Lilongwe’s Area 30.

Wanderers launch an attack on Eagles goal, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Wanderers launch an attack on Eagles goal, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Part of the action

Part of the action

Lengani books Eagles defender Steve Chagoma for a foul, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Lengani books Eagles defender Steve Chagoma for a foul, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Delaying tactics: Eagles goalkeeper John Soko killing time, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Delaying tactics: Eagles goalkeeper John Soko killing time, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Eagles celebrate beating the Nomads, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Eagles celebrate beating the Nomads, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Shasha throws a tshirt to a fan

Shasha throws a tshirt to a fan

The victory was a sweet revenge for the 1-0 loss suffered by the cops at the hands of Wanderers in the FISD Challenge Cup at Kamuzu Stadium five days ago.

However, the Lexten Kachama boys had to fight from behind after trailing to a Jabulani Linje 40th minute strike.

The Wanderers’ striker finished home a flicked ball by Jimmy Zakazaka following a free kick by Wongani Kaipa.

As Wanderers were still in celebration mood, Vitumbiko Kumwenda leveled for the hosts after scrambling the ball home from a goal mouth melee.

The Nomads came searching for another goal after the resumption and would have taken a lead when Linje’s strike from the box hit the post.

Wanderers had a penalty appeal denied by Fifa referee Duncan Lengani when striker Peter Wadabwa was tripped down by an Eagles defender in the box.

As the Nomads camp was still cursing the referee, Stewart Mbunge hit the Nomads where it pains most as his 30 metre drive beat Valence Kanzere in between the Nomads’ goal posts.

Wanderers tried to come back into the game in the closing moments but the hosts were not prepared to let go the three points, which propelled the to the top of the table at the expense of Kamuzu Barracks, who only stayed there for 25 hours after defeating Silver Strikers 4-2 yesterday.

Eagles coach Dekleek Msakakuona described the game as tough but said he was happy his side got the much needed points.

His counterpart Yasin Osman said the referee decided the game in favour of Eagles.

“Refeeing is becoming a big problem just like cashgate. The ref decided the game after denying us a clear penalty.

“After the referee’s action, our boys lost concentration and Eagles scored,” said Osman, whose side remains stuck on sixth position with 41 points from 26 games.

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