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Super League leaders Blue Eagles Football Club has attributed their goalless draw to Mzuni in the opening match of the second round to the absence of their three top players who were with the Malawi National football team.

During the post-match interview at Mzuzu ground on Saturday, the team’s assistant coach, Wilson Chidati, said they would have won the game if Maxwell Salambula, Gilbert Chirwa and Steve Chagoma had played.

“But we are not sad with the draw because we know we are still the league leaders. This point we have gotten here is very important because the runners-up on the table (Silver Strikers) cannot displace us even if they win a game. So we are still safe,” Chidati said.

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Mzuni managed to hold the Eagles from the first whistle as it was clear that the visitors were comfortable with the draw.

The two teams lacked fighting spirit which made the game unexciting as evidenced by some fans who started shouting that they better watch some traditional dances which spiced up the official launch of the league’s second round.

Bluer Eagles goalkeeper, John Soko, had a huge task on goal as Mzuni’s Lughindiko Mshani missed a golden chance in the 45th minute after beating him and his two defenders Gio Banda and Captain Oswald Maonga.

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Henry Misinjo and second-half substitute, Zeliat Nkhoma, also pilled pressure on Soko, but all the effort went in vain as the shots went off target.

In the first minutes of the second half, Blue Eagles’ Victor Nyirenda also had his shot going off target.

Assistant coach for Mzuni, McNerbert Kadzuwa, said the draw was the result of lack of training in their camp.

“These guys have just returned from their holiday, and we trained for only a week. But we will train hard so that we maintain our first-round performance,” Kadzuwa said.

The result means Blue Eagles have 33 points followed by Silver Strikers with 29 points.

Mzuni now have 28 points and have displaced Moyale on position four from five, as the latter lost 0-1 to Azam Tigers at Kalulu Stadium.

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