By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Blue Eagles staged a master class performance as they came from behind to beat Nyasa Big Bullets 2 -1 in a TNM Super League match at Nankhaka Stadium in Lilongwe yesterday.
The victory condemned Bullets to their first loss of the season, having played five games.
After the final whistle, Bullets players shed tears of sorrow in disbelief but it was the opposite in the Eagles camp as they celebrated in style.
Following the win, Eagles have moved up to second position on the log table with 14 points from seven games, at par with leaders Kamuzu Barracks who defeated Ntopwa United 1-0 courtesy of World Nkuliwa at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Bullets remain fifth with 10 points from five games.
The hosts started the game on a low as Bullets took control of proceedings, with youngster Peter Banda tormenting their defence.
Banda deservedly scored his first goal for the club mid-way through the first half when he beat Eagles’ offside trap before firing low past goalkeeper John Soko.
After wasting several scoring chances through Chiukepo Msowoya and Nelson Kangunje in the first half, Bullets were punished as the cops’ Captain Micium Mhone levelled the scores with a classic shot in the 42nd minute.
Bullets’ misfortunes continued four minutes after resumption as defender Sankhani Mkandawire scored into his own net to give Eagles the lead.
Without injured Captain John Lanjesi and Gomegzani Chirwa, Bullets were exposed at the back but Eagles failed to score more goals.
In the dying minutes of the game, Bullets pressed hard in search of an equaliser but it never came as Eagles’ defence, led by Steve Chagoma, Maxwell Munthali and Osward Maonga stood firm to ensure maximum points.
Eagles coach, DeKlerk Msakakuona, said he was happy with his players’ performance.
“It is good to get a win after a three-week break. Games between Eagles and Bullets are always difficult but the best team has won today,” Msakakuona said.
His counterpart, Calisto Pasuwa, admitted that his charges struggled against determined Eagles.
“My players were jittery but we will do better in the next game. Our play was not convincing as the midfield was not in control of the game. But the pitch was a bit bumpy and that affected us,” Pasuwa said.
At Civo Stadium, rookies Mlatho Mponela claimed their second win of the season after beating Savenda Chitipa United 2- 0 with Precious Chipungu’s brace.
Eagles-Soko, Chagoma, Maonga, Munthali, Nachipo, Chirwa, Kumwenda, Misinjo, Mhone, Kuwali, Biton.
Bullets- Kakhobwe, Zonda, Sambani, Petro, Mkandawire, Kabichi, Kaira, Banda, Kangunje, Phiri, Msowoya.
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