Third placed, Blue Eagles were held to a barren draw by 11th placed, Salima based Mafco Wednesday in the TNM Super League played at Nankhaka ground in Area 30, Lilongwe.
Area 30 men failed to capitalize a home advantage to collect maximum points and equal leaders Mighty Be Forward Wanderers on points but managed to drop two valueable points.
Mafco came out clean after surviving several scoring moments as home team as appeared goal hungry in both halves.
Eagles have 17 points from 11 games while Mafco have 12 points from nine games.
The closest chance for Blue Eagles came 20 minutes into the game when their captain Mecium Mhone and Stuart Mbunge had exchanged passes within Mafco’s danger zone but Mhone’s attempt went over the bar.
The two teams went to break on a deadlock and fans expected to see goals in the last half.
Eagles looked determined in the second half as they kept pushing forward through Mhone and John Malidadi but could not broke through.
Mafco defence marshaled by captain Paul Phiri assisted by Chikondi Maloya thartwed a lot of dangerous attacks mounted by Eagles striking pattern of Malidadi and Maxwell Salambula.
Mbunge could have put Eagles into the lead in the 57th minute when his hard shot kissed the cross bar with Mafco’s goalminder, Jai Kapalamula completely beaten.
Mafco’s substitute, Ben Mbewe missed a seater from close range when Maloya had sent a beautiful cross but he failed to connect home with Eagles, keeper, John Soko at his mercy in the 77th minute.
Eagles nearly broke the deadlock two minutes later when Salambula broke free and keeper Kapalamula had to close in but surprisingly he shot wide to disbelief of Eagle’s faithfuls when the net was widely open.
Both teams made substitutions in the last half but they never produced any tangible results to separate them.