TNM Super League hot title contenders Kamuzu Barracks FC on Saturday, December 3, 2016 wrestled the ship captaincy from Blue Eagles after gunning down relegation-threatened Civo United 1-0 in a match played at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
This was the fifth time in 10 days for the ship captaincy to change hands in between the soldiers from army headquarters and the cops from police headquarters after the dethronement of Nyasa Big Bullets.
KB dethroned the league’s defending champions at the top on November 23, 2016 after whipping Silver Strikers 4-2 but their stay at the top was short-lived as Eagles took over the leadership after edging Mighty Be Forward Wanderers a day later.
The soldiers reclaimed the top spot after crashing Azam Tigers 3-1 last weekend before Eagles took over again after edging Civo 1-0 last Wednesday.
Red-hot striker Kelvin Hanganda was the hero on Saturday, when he struck for the soldiers just five minutes into the game.
The win took KB’s tally to 52 points from 27 games, a point ahead of the cops, who have 51 points from the same number of games.
KB team manager Francis Shawa said it was tough against a team fighting relegation but praised hi charges for playing their lungs out.
“It was not easy playing against a team that is fighting relegation, which had the backing of supporters from three big teams- Be Forward Wanderers, Silver Strikers and Bullets. But our boys worked hard and we have beaten all the four teams,” said Shawa, whose side face Wanderers in the FISD Challenge Cup final at the same venue next weekend.
Civo’s Charles Manda said the early goal from Kamuzu Barracks unsettled his charges: “It’s unfortunate we conceded an early goal. That goal unsettled us and we were desperate to get an equaliser, which we never got. It is sad we are easily conceding goals and having difficulties in scoring,” said Manda, whose side remain rooted on the second position from the bottom with 21 points from 26 games.
Playing a stone-throw away from Civo Stadium, Silver Strikers got back to their winning ways after coming from behind to beat Red Lions 2-1.
The win pushed the Central Bankers from fifth to fourth position with 47 points from 26 games, ahead of Mafco, who have dropped from fifth to sixth with 46 points from the same number of games.
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