Blue Eagles and Mighty Mukuru Wanderers made bright start to the TNM Super League second round after they earned vital victories in their respective matches Sunday.
The wins allowed Eagles and Wanderers to narrow the gap between them and leaders Nyasa Big Bullets.
Playing their first game in the second round, Eagles ended six-game winless run in the TNM Super League after beating Karonga United 0-1 away at Karonga Ground whereas the Nomads also beat TN Stars 0 -2 at Kasungu Stadium.
Gilbert Chirwa scored in the 63rd minute to ensure maximum points for the second-placed police side.
The win means Eagles have 33 points from 16 matches, nine points behind Bullets, who drew one-all with Kamuzu Barracks on Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium.
In post-match interview, Eagles Coach Eliya Kananji praised his troops for the victory.
“It was a tough match but the players did well. It feels good to return to winning ways. The league is a marathon and we are still in contention,” Kananji said.
Karonga Coach Christopher Nyambose conceded defeat.
“We lost to a good team. We had some chances but it was not our day,” Nyambose said.
On the part of Wanderers, they have 31 points from 16 matches, 11 points behind Bullets.
Following the wins, Eagles remain second while Wanderers are still third.
Stanley Sanudi and Peter Cholopi were on target for the Nomads in the first half.
Wanderers Coach Eddington Ng’onamo said his side played according to instructions.
“We scored two quick goals in the first half. Then, in the second half, we changed the system to stop our opponents from scoring and it worked,” Ng’onamo said.
Stars Team Manager Kennedy Mtuwa had no kind words for the referees.
“Two early goals disturbed our game plan. Wanderers were too physical and the referee failed to handle the match,” he said.
Stars are on position 14 on the log table with 12 points from 16 matches.
Elsewhere, Dedza Dynamos Salima Sugar impressive run continued yesterday after they beat fellow rookies Sable Farming 2- 1 at Mulanje Park.
Promise Kamwendo and Clement Nyondo scored for the visitors but Shaban Kesten scored the consolation for Sable.
Following the win, Dedza are still on position seven with 25 points from 16 matches whereas Sable are second from bottom with 11 points from 16 matches.
At Nankhaka Stadium in Lilongwe, Civil Service United claimed a 2-0 win over Red Lions thanks to Muhammad Bayison’s brace.
Civil have moved to position nine on the log table with 20 points from 16 matches, below eighth placed Moyale Barracks on goal difference.
Ekwendeni Hammers and Rumphi United played out to a goal-less draw at Rumphi Stadium.
The Hammers are on position 13 with 14 points from 16 matches whereas Rumphi anchor the log table with 10 points from the same nimbus of matches.