……….Blue Eagles FC 3-0 Tiger
By Edwin Mbewe
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Blue Eagles FC scored through captain Schumacher Kuwali a brace at between 5-10 seconds soon after kick off and at 72nd minute and Gaddie Chirwa at 76th minute to retain on the summit of the TNM Super League.
Eagles continued flapping their wings higher on Sunday and plucked off Tigers eyes at home, Nankhaka Stadium.
The host started slowly in the first half despite that probably quickest goal which Kuwali scored within seconds after Brighton Gwiricho had blown the whistle to let the battle start.
However the visitors were the first to settle but lacked composure in the front where Kondwani Chilembwe and Precious Chiudza were playing.
After some time it was the balanced affair with now the host launching dangerous attacks, at 44th minute Laurent Banda took a shot that went straight into the hands of goalkeeper Dalitso Khungwa.
Blue Eagles FC went to half time narrowly leading by a goal to nil.
After noting some shortfalls at the midfield and in defence in the first half Eliah Kananji made several changes Stuart Mbunge, Laurent Banda paved way for Sankhani Mkandawire and Trouble Banda.
The changes paid dividend to Eagles as now they started dominating the midfield with Trouble Banda feeding beautiful crosses in the box from right wing.
At around 70th minute Tigers piled pressure to the host but still their effort yielded nothing and to the contrary Eagles scored after beautiful exchange of passes by Gaddie Chirwa, Micium Mhone, Paul Master and later in the sharp legs of Captain Kuwali.
Four minutes later Eagles scored another beautiful goal through Gaddie Chirwa who received a pass from Schumacher Kuwali.
Trevor Kajawa made another substitution at 80th minute Masiya Manda and Yamikani Thole replaced Precious Chipungu who also came from the bench at 35th minute in the first half and Barry Peter as he hoped for better but it wasn’t to be as the host contained the visitors denying them any penetration.
While Eliah Kananji made three more substitutions as he was assured of the maximum points at home,Gaddie Chirwa,Paul Master and Micium Mhone were replaced by Arthur Moffat, Kelvin Tsibwabwa and Chikondi Mvula at 83rd minute. The changes also raised the tempo of the game to the host side.
The Kau-Kau boys took off their goalminder Dalitso Khungwa for Wisdom Khuni although didn’t change anything as Eagles FC had already done the damage until referee Brighton Gwiricho blew to end the match and yes,Tigers were plucked off their eyes by Eagles feathers when they flapped to fly high on the summit.
After the game Trevor Kajawa, coach for Tigers, said his boys played well despite the loss and attributed the loss to fatigue as they had another game on Saturday in Kasungu against TN Stars.
Kajawa added lack of depth has also contributed to the loss but vowed to do better in the next matches.
Blue Eagles FC mentor, Eliah Kananji, acknowledged it was a difficult game against Tigers FC but encouraged his charges to put much effort to revenge what the Kau-Kau boys did last season at the same venue.
“Kau-Kau boys came hard on us but after those changes brought a difference in the squad. Complacency almost killed our boys but at the recess we told them the game is still on,let’s go and score more goals.
“We are not after Bullets results but playing our game hence no pressure in our camp”, He joyfully said.
With Sunday’s defeat Tigers remain with 15 points from 9 games on position 4,they are playing MAFCO FC at home, Mpira Stadium on Sunday 15th May,2022.
While Blue Eagles FC lead the log table with 25 points from 9 games,they travel to Balaka to meet Dedza Dynamos on Sunday, May 15, 2022 before hosting Civil Service United on Wednesday, May 19,2022 at home Nankhaka Stadium.