Historic win! Epac FC on Saturday shocked Big Bullets when striker Ishamel Thindwa’s lone goal was in enough to win the match for the visiting Lilongwe side at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Bullets featuring the full strong squad including Gabadinho Mhango, failed to find the winning formula as they were matched in all departments by Epac.
Epac coach Abbas Makawa gave “ compliments to everybody on a special day like this but it doesn’t stop here, we have so many important matches ahead.”
In Lilongwe, Blue Eagles F.C increased misery on TNM Super League defending champions Silver Strikers by beating them 1-0 in a capital city derby played in front of thousands of spectators at the Silver Stadium in Lilongwe.
Starting from the first whistle, Blue Eagles looked composed with some fine passes led by their captain Christopher John Banda who has just been recalled to the national team by new Flames expatriate mentor Tom Saintfeit.
They however shocked the home side just two minutes into the game when Phillip Masiye produced a long range thunderbolt free kick giving Silver and Flames international goalkeeper Charles Swini no chance.
The Central Bankers were completely devastated with the goal and could not tick in all departments.
Credits should go to Swini who produced some fantastic serves that could have been straight goals.
Young Chimodzi Junior and Chikondi Likwemba were completely overshadowed by the Blue Eagles midfield comprising of Phillip Masiye and Patrick Masanjala.
The Bankers suffered a huge set back in the 29th minute when they had Likwemba stretched off after picking an injury and was replaced by Ndaziona Chatsalira.
The Eagles were also forced to make a change bringing in Innocent Ngwira replacing Alupheous Nyoni who also picked an injury.
In the second half, Silver welcomed back their midfielder Peter Pindani who has not featured for a number of games as he was reported to have gone for studies abroad. He is yet to be on and off as he has been transferred to the southern district of Neno.
His introduction could not change the tempo of the game as the Eagles continued to attack wave after wave.
Midway into the second half, Green Harawa nearly leveled the scores but his header was tipped over by goalkeeper Duncan Mkandawire.
Eagles defended jealously until the final whistle.
After the match, both coaches praised their charges for spirited performance.
“The boys played well but we have lost, that’s what football is all about. We thank God for everything and we will try to bring positive results in our net games” said Silver coach Franco Ndawa.
His counterpart Deklerck Msakakuona was in cloud nine and could not hide his excitement.
“I am very delighted with the win and I thank the boys for a job well done, it’s a sweet victory for us” he said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :