Super Substitute Charles Ngosi was the hero in Blue Eagles camp on Monday, April 21, 2014 when he came off-the bench to steer the cops to a 2-0 victory over Epac in both sides’ opening fixture for the 2014 TNM Super League season played at Nankhaka Ground.
The former Azam Tigers striker struck twice within a space of 15 minutes in the second half to kill off the fighting spirit from Epac, who were enjoying the proceedings until the hosts’ drew first blood.
Featuring several new faces including former Big Bullets goalkeeper Owen Chaima, Mponela United centre back Justin Kamanga and two other stars Wyle Tembeta and Mude Geoffrey from Bullets and Mponela respectively, Epac were a delight to watch especially in the early moments of the second half when they literally camped in the Eagles’ territory.
They, however, lost steam when Ngosi hit them on the counter-attack before heading in a Mecium Mhone corner kick.
Eagles’ coach Deklerk Msakakuona said he was delighted to start his campaign with a win but described the game as tough.
“It’s not an easy win for us. Epac came prepared and gave us a scare more especially in the opening stages of the second half but we managed to contain them and get two goals,” said Msakakuona.
His counterpart Audlow Makonyola, formerly of Blue Eagles accepted defeat, lamenting some missed opportunities by his charges.
“We had good scoring chances but we did not take the chances. However, I am optimistic that we will start doing well once the new and old players get used to each other,” said Makonyola.
In another game on Monday, Big Bullets edged Karonga United 1-0 to collect maximum six points from their Northern Region tour.
On Saturday, the People’s Team edged Moyale Barracks 1-0 at the Mzuzu Stadium.