By Edwin Mbewe

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Bankers from the Reserve Bank of Malawi have been locked up in police custody at Area 30 on one count, insulting Police officers whilst on duty.

Blue Eagles FC have maintained and extended their lead on the table with five points following their home one nil victory over Silver Strikers FC on Sunday, April 24,2022.

It was crucial encounter for both sides as the visitors were looking forward to win so that they get themselves on good position and repeat what they did last season defeating the cops both home and away but it wasn’t to be as the hosts planned a revenge mission which went on successfully.

Some Blue Eagles FC players celebrating with vice Chairman Ian Mwalungila

Silver Strikers FC started on very well in the first half but in about 15th minute the home team settled too. Chawanangwa Kaonga who took the bankers hopes got injured hence Maxwell Phodo was introduced while Blessings Tembo was replaced by Duncan Nyoni.

These early changes seemed to disturb the plans of Daniel Kabwe, at 23rd minute Phodo squandered a clear chance for Silver as he got possession when Sankhani Mkandawire and goalie Brighton Munthali mis-communicated.

At 35th minute Gilbert Chirwa had his free header from Kuwali cross going over the bar for Silver to survive. This half didn’t produce any fruits.

Blue Eagles FC made early changes in the second half taking out Arthur Moffat for Chifuniro Mpinganjira, however, the second half didn’t produce exciting display from both sides as the spectators anticipated but rather marred with tempers.

At 70th minute Eliah Kananji made another substitution bringing in defender Ian Chinyama and Laurent Banda for Onesimo Mbendera and Trouble Banda while Silver brought in Frank Banda, Tatenda M’balaka and Chikondi Kamanga for Taonga Chimodzi, Mark Fodya and Zebron Kalima.

Few minutes after these changes saw the host’s play extremely changed than the visitors and at 75th minute Eagles failed to utilize the chance as Chifuniro Mpinganjira and Gaddie Chirwa disturbed each other.

The men in unform continued piling pressure as the clock was fast ticking to regulation time, and as it was thought that the two will share the spoils Laurent Banda registered his account with Blue Eagles FC at 90th minute after tapping in a pass from Gaddie Chirwa who received the ball from a beautiful throw in from Ian Chinyama in the left flank.

When the Bankers were trying to level the matters the Center Referee Easther Zimba blew the whistle signalling the end of the match and it was confirmed the cops locked the bankers behind bars at Nankhaka to remain on the summit with 19 points from 7 games five points a drift from the reigning Champions Nyasa Big Bullets FC who dropped points in Karonga against the crocodiles after a nil nil draw.

McDonald Yobe assistant coach for Silver Strikers was disappointed with the defeat saying his boys squandered a lot of scoring chances especially in the first half.

Yobe added all is not lost they will sit down as technical panel to rectify the noted problems of failing to scoring.

His counterpart Christopher Sibale Assistant Coach Blue Eagles FC was delighted with the victory.He said his charges showed hard working spirit and praised the substitutes they made to say they changed the tempo of the game.

“It was a revenge mission, they beat us home and away last season they had to repay it today.Each and every team who enters the competition aims at winning the league so we are not exceptional”, Sibale said.

Next on the menu for area 30 based side are rookies Sable Farming away at Mipira Stadium on Saturday April 30, 2022.

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