Blue Eagles FC on Sunday, November 27, 2016 blew up an opportunity to reclaim the top spot on the TNM Super League log table, when they lost 1-0 to Azam Tigers in a match played at the cops’ own backyard- Nankhaka ground.
Tigers’ Bright Munthali headed in the lone strike that undermined Eagles’ chances of winning the TNM Super League title for the first time after 28 minutes following a cross from Hanke Machira.
Eagles tried all they could to level the scores but Tigers, urged on by ganyu supporters from Nyasa Big Bullets resisted to be dragged into any of the cells at the Malawi Police Service headquarters.
The result at Area 30 was good news at Malawi Defence Force (MDF) headquarters, home to Kamuzu Barracks FC, which reclaimed the top spot from Eagles after thrashing the visiting Tigers 3-1 at Civo Stadium on Saturday.
KB coach Billy Phambala had said after the Saturday victory that their stay at the top was just temporary, considering Eagles were meeting the wounded Tigers on Sunday.
A win against Tigers would have propelled the Lexten Kachama boys back to the top with 51 points but they have now dropped to third with 48 points from 26 games following the victories recorded by KB and Nyasa Big Bullets over the weekend. KB leads the standings with 49 points from 6 games followed by Bullets, who have the same number of points and games as Eagles but have a better goal difference over the policemen.
Eagles’ coach Deklerk Msakakuona lamented the lost opportunity but pointed out all was not lost for his side: “Any loss of points is a big setback in our quest to win the championship but we have to be strong in our remaining games against Civo, Kamuzu Barracks, Mafco and Bullets if we are to win the title.
“Today, defended well after getting that first half goal. They did not want to go back to Blantyre empty handed after losing against KB yesterday and had a very good game plan,” said the Eagles’ mentor.
Tigers’ coach Gerald Phiri said he was not disappointed getting three points from two tough away fixtures.
“Although we would have loved to bag the maximum points, three points from two tough away fixtures against title contenders is not a mean achievement,” said Phiri, whose side has moved from 11th to 10th position with 35 points from 26 games.