Eagles beat 10 men Karonga Utd: Malawi TNM Super League

Blue Eagles collected maximum points when they claimed a 2-1 win over 10 men Karonga United in the TNM Super League played at Nankhaka ground in Area 30, Lilongwe.

Karonga United midfielder Precious Washali in control of the ball.-Photo by Tione Andsen
IBlue Eagles players on the offensive as Karonga United player in white close in to challenge -Photo by Tione Andsen
Karonga United put up a gallant fight despite being reduced to 10 men – Photo by Tione Andsen

The Crocodiles of Karonga were reduced to 10 men in the 76th minute when their goalkeeper Happy Msowoya was given a second yellow card for tossing referee, Peter Jossam for awarding a penalty to Eagles.

Msowoya was replaced by second choice goalie, Donex Mwasinga after they pulled out Khumbo Msowoya.

Bouyed with Airtel Top 8 victory last Sunday when they beat Nyasa Big Bullets 1-0 from Stuart Mbungue’s kick, Eagles struggled to put their acts together in the absence of head coach, De Klerk Msakakona who is in national duty with Under 17.

The Area 30 outfit have jumped to position five from nine with 17 points from 10 games while newcomers, Karonga United remain 13th on the log with 12 points from 13 games.

Karonga United started the game on high note thrice had chances through Charles Chilembo, Sherrif Shamama and Msoyowa but they failed to capitalize them in the first eight minutes.

The northern region border based side came close in the ninth minute when winger, Bernard Msiska’s search cross went past the forest of Eagles defender with no one to finish it off.

Eagles replied a minute later when Mbungue’s cross was connected brilliantly by Mecium Mhone but his effort hit the side netting.

The copsĀ  towering striker, Maxwell Salambula could have opened the scoring sheet in the 19th minute but Karonga defender, Lusekero Malema was quick to cleat the lines in the penalty box.

Karonga United had an opportunity in the 27th minute when Msiska had sent a low cross in six yard box but Precious Washali missed a sitter with Eagle’s custodian, John Soko to beat.

Two minutes later, Eagles midfielder, Vitumbiko Kumwenda broke the deadlock when he slotted home an opener.

With two minute to break, Eagle’s Mhone failed to elude Msowoya when his powerful drive was parried away.

Half time saw Eagles in the driving seat as Karonga boys were trailing narrowly 1-0.

Two minutes into second half, Karonga United’s Msowoya cancelled the Eagles lead when he planted home Msiska’s cross after defensive hicupp between Wonder Jeremani and his stopper, Soko.

Both teams made changes Karonga brought Victor Lungu for Washali in the 49th minute while Eagles rested Alexander Chigawa and Salambula in the 59th and 67th for Semu Banda and Beston Jimu respectively.

Mhone again in the 68th minute was denied by top form keeper, Msowoya tamed his shot and came back in the lime light to save Mbungue’s thunderbolt in the 69th minute.

Karonga keeper, Msowoya came to narrow the angle in the 73rd minute but in the process when was adjudged to have brought down substitute Jimu in the penalty box.

Referee, Jossamu awarded a penalty and Msowoya was booked for the infringement and resultant spot kick was converted by Mhone to make it 2-1.

Msowoya protested to the referee and pinched him on the shoulder and this warranted him second yellow and was sent off.

With five minute to time, Karonga could have levelled the scores when Shamama’s long range effort was saved by alert goalie, Soko.

Eagle’s Assistant coach, Christopher Sibale said his was happy with win and has helped them to move on the log.

“We expected a tough game and Karonga United players were more physical and this made our players fail to play their usual game,” he noted.

“We played very play today but we have been let down by decisions made by officiating team,” Karonga United Coach, Christopher Nyambose lamented.

He said the red card demoralized his players and were put off by the decision.

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