Eagles soar to the top, beat Lions 2-0 : Malawi  TNM Super League

Visiting Lilongwe-based police outfit Blue Eagles FC on Sunday beat Red Lions FC 2-0 in the TNM Super League match to go top of the table and return to the Capital City unscathed from their Southern Region sojourn.

The match was played at the Zomba Community Centre ground and was watched by a fair crowd.

The law enforcers bagged six points following another win 24 hours later over Chikwawa United at Kalulu Stadium in Nchalo.

Part of the action during the game in Zomba

Part of the action during the game in Zomba

Lions' Innocent Bokosi (left) challenges Eagles' Mustafa Shaibu to the ball

Lions’ Innocent Bokosi (left) challenges Eagles’ Mustafa Shaibu to the ball

Blue Eagles players celebrate one of their goals.

Blue Eagles players celebrate one of their goals.

They now have 12 points from four games played so far whereas Big Bullets have 9 points and are on second position from three games played.

Eagles put the Zomba-based soldiers on the back foot early into the game and pressed for an early goal in the sixth minute which unsettled the home side.

A defensive lapse in the goal area allowed the visitors’ Schumaker Kuwali to simply finish the ball into the net beating goalkeeper Jacob Kaunda.

After the goal, the soldiers’ striking force of Kumbukani Mwambene and Boniface Kaulesi failed to tick as the visitors dominated play in midfield. This rendered the Lions’ central midfield of Ndaona Limbani and Thomas Makombwa ineffective in this half.

Instead, this gave the leeway to Eagles’ Ackim Kazombo, Gilbert Chirwa and Stewart Mbunge as they fed brilliant balls to Charles Ngosi and Kuwali upfront.

The second half failed to sparkle as both sides resorted to physical contact and high balls. However, there were exciting moments when Charles Chagoma overlapped on the right flank and send a cross inside the goal area. Unmarked Mustafa Shaibu headed it towards goal where it was finished into the net by substitute John Junior Malidadi to make it 2-0.

In a post-match interview, Lions coach Billie Phambala accepted defeat and hailed Blue Eagles for putting up a gallant fight.

His counterpart Deklerk Msakakuona attributed the two wins over the weekend to God’s grace.

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