Records clearly indicate that Blue Eagles have never beaten Mzuni FC since the students team was promoted to the top flight league. The Eagles have either lost or drawn against the green intellectuals. It was the same on Saturday at Mzuzu Stadium when the two sides settled for a goalless draw during the launch of the second round of the TNM Super League season for 2016.
Five minutes from kick off, the game was stopped for some minutes following an injury for Blue Eagles goal minder John Soko. It was then difficult for both teams to settle down into the game when play resumed.
There was no clear play and attack from either side for the first twenty minutes of the game.
Lazarus Deco Nyemera’s free kick for Mzuni FC in the 37th minute was blocked into a corner which paid no dividends.
Blue Eagles replied two minutes later with a powerful shot by Chisomo Chilasa which was ably saved by goalkeeper Labson Chiyenda for Mzuni. Stuart Mbuge’s cross from the right fell short of a goal for the eagles when it touched and rolled across the cross bar in the 41st minute.
A minute before half time, Lughindiko Mhlane for Mzuni had himself to blame when he failed to direct the ball into the net after beating the keeper.
In the second half, Blue Eagles were seen to be defending more than attacking despite Victor Nyirenda’s failure to tap a cross into the net unchallenged after 53 minutes.
Zeliat Nkhoma, who came in as a substitute for Mzuni had his diving header miss the target with about two centimeters over the bar in the 60th minute while Hudson Milanzi’s header from a corner taken by their corner kick specialist Lazarus Nyemera was cleared off the line by a Blue Eagles defender after 83 minutes. 0-0 it ended after 90 minutes.
Speaking after the match, Assistant Coach for Blue Eagles, Wilson Chidati, said it was a tricky fixture considering the fact that some of their key players were with the national team.
He expressed satisfaction with the draw saying it was a good start for the second round.
“We will still be at the top of the log even if other teams win their games this weekend,” he added.
“We have never lost to Blue Eagles and we wanted to win the game but a draw is a fair result for us. We had full training just for a week but I can say we have started well and better things are yet to come,” explained Ogrieve Macnebert Kazuwa, Assistant Coach for Mzuni FC.