By Edwin Mbewe
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Soldiers from the training institution Salima (MAFCO) on Sunday March 20, 2022 were ambushed by Police Officers from the National Police Headquarters at their own backyard Chitowe.
The Soldiers lost the battle by a goal to nil.
The Police officers used field craft tactics to ambush the instructors from MAFCO in the battle field within the Dwangwa Sugarcane plantations.
The soldiers started the battle on a high note in the first 15 minutes of the encounter but lacked marksmanship as Nankhaka based officers struggled at the midfield where Gilbert Chirwa, Arthur Moffat were playing and the twin strikers in Micium Mhone and Gaddie Chirwa lacked communication hence giving room for MAFCO defence to shine whilst making strange build ups from the opponents.
First half ended nil nil and of course it was a balanced affair.
As it was the case in the first half, Blue Eagles started slowly than the hosts who started with fierce knocks at Brighton Munthali’s goal area but the Eagles’ goalie guarded his perimeters with extra alertness as a sentry denying efforts of Tony Mbulu and Callisto Kalinda.
At the 53rd minute, Arthur Moffat came with a sole beautiful goal on his Blue Eagles FC debut. Tonny Mbulu, Callisto Kalinda, Paul Phiri and Kingsley Nkhonjera tried to pile pressure on Eagles but their efforts ended up going off target and either in the hands of Munthali.
Both Commanders Stereo Gondwe and Eliah Kananji came up with blowing ideas and made several changes, John Malidadi Jnr, Chikondi Mvula, Oswald Maonga and Chisomo Chilasa replaced Micium Mhone, Arthur Moffat Trouble Banda and Paul Master for Blue Eagles FC while Kingsley Nkhonjera, Paul Phiri, Tonny Mbulu,Gift Soko and Alexander Sikwambe were replaced by Maurice Chiumia, Levison Singano, Peter Katsonga, Martin Masoatheka and Walusungu Mpata.
The changes changed the tempo of the game for both sides.
Levison Singano scored for the hosts at 88th minute on a rebound after the visitors goalie had saved the ball within his territory but referee Godfrey Nkhakananga ruled it out for an offside attack.
The defence comprising of Sankhani Mkandawire, Jacob Robert, Ian Chinyama and MacDonald Lameck was solid to the Eagles side and so too MAFCO’s Paul Ndolvu, Steven Mkwezalamba, Notchard Chimbalanga and Frank Willard made the antiagonism.
Few minutes later Godfrey Nkhakananga blew the whistle marking the end of the match and yes it was confirmed that Blue Eagles FC has collected their first three points of the TNM Super League 2022 season over their rivals MAFCO FC at Chitowe as they did in 2021 season.
On a post match interview, Blue Eagles FC Coach Eliah Kananji hailed his charges for the win saying MAFCO FC was a tough opponent with experienced players and acknowledged his boys started the match on a slow note in the first half.
Kananji described the victory as a motivation ahead of their second league game against the rookies Rumphi United at Nankhaka Stadium in Area 30 this coming weekend.
His counterpart, Stereo Gondwe acknowledged the defeat and attributed it to the poor officiation but vowed to bounce back in the second fixture.
Gondwe added his boys played well.