Blue Eagles FC on Saturday, September 28, 2013 made it six points out of six over Mighty Wanderers after edging the Nomads 1-0 in a dull TNM Super League match played at Nankhaka Ground in Lilongwe’s Area 30.
Schumaker Kuwali claimed the lone goal 13 minutes into the match, slotting in the ball from the goal-line after defender Phillip Masiye had flicked a cross from Ken Mponda towards Wanderers’ goal.
Sensing danger, Wanderers coach Stewart Mbolembole made a double substitution, taking out defender Bongani Kaipa and injured Mapopa Msukwa for Kondwani Kumwenda and Innocent Dzimbli. The move did not change anything for the Nomads as both strikers failed to find a formula to beat John Soko in between the Eagles goal-posts.
Eagles suffered a blow towards the break when Lilongwe based referee Patrick Ngoleka gave their match-maker Mecium Mhone marching orders after a second bookable offence.
After Mhone’s sending off, Wanderers dominated possession, pinning the hosts in their own territory but lack of composure on the part of strikers Victor Mpinganjira, Kumwenda and attacking midfielder Alfred Manyozo Junior saw them failing to squeeze the ball past Soko.
One of the three could have actually been pulled out but Mbolembole and his assistant Albert Mpinganjira, father to Victor opted to rest newly recruited Abraham Kamwendo, young brother to Josephy, who did not have a bad game.
Mbolembole conceded defeat after the final whistle, saying his charges were not in the game: “We had a bad game today. We were not ourselves and this is not what we expected from the boys. I hope things will change tomorrow when we play Kamuzu Barracks in Dedza,” said Mbolembole.
His counterpart Deklerk Msakakuona praised his charges for playing to instructions: “It was not an easy game for us but the most important thing is that we have got the six points. After losing one man, we told the boys that if we can’t get another goal then Wanderers should not score and we defended well up to the final whistle,” said the
The result means Eagles have made it six points out of six over Wanderers, having beaten the Nomads 2-1 at kamuzu Stadium in the first round.
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