An eighteen minute operation saw Kamuzu Barracks firing four bullets at visiting Blue Eagles, who could only manage to pull two back in the last 45 minutes of the Airtel Top 8 first leg clash involving the two sides played at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe on Kamuzu Day- May 14, 2017.
Striker Diof Simaone was the first to pull the trigger on 27 minutes with a first time close range connection of a Harvey Nkacha set piece.
Eight minutes later, the striker turned from scorer to provider as he laid in a corner kick, which former Silver Strikers striker Ndaona Daisi headed into the net.
Simaone was on the limelight again on 37 minutes, setting his striking partner Manase Chiesa for the third goal.
If Eagles custodian John Soko thought he had had enough dosage, the worst was to follow on the dot of half-time, when he was beaten by Kelvin Hanganda’s first time connection of a Nkacha cross.
The half-time whistle caught the Lexten Kachama boys trailing the Griffin Supuni-Phiri troops 4-0.
In a desperate effort to salvage the situation, Eagles’ newly recruited coach Audlow Makonyola made a triple change of the resumption, bringing in Mphatso Philimon, Elijah Kabingu and Phillip Masiye for Tizgowere Kumwenda, Vitumbiko Kumwenda and Osward Maonga.
The fresh pairs of legs made a strong impact for the cops as Philimon reduced the arrears with a well-executed scissors’ kick midway into the last half before heading in his second goal from a Kabingu corner kick with six minutes left on the clock.
Makonyola expressed disappointment with his boys’ first half performance but said the two second half goals had given him hopes of staging a dramatic come-back during the second leg.
“We started poorly in the first half but managed to come back into the game in the second half. We might be wounded, yes but we are not buried. We will be at home during the return leg and we are going to pick from where we stopped in the second half,” said Makonyola.
KB coach Billy Phambala declared his troops would finish the job during the return leg at Nankhaka ground: “We scored four today and we are going to score more goals during the second leg to proceed to the semi-finals,” declared Phambala.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :