Blue Eagles Coach, Derklerk Msakakuona, stood on the touch line after the final whistle and patted his players on the back after retaining top spot in the TNM Super League following a hard- fought 2-1 victory over Dwangwa United before a sizeable crowd at Nankhaka Stadium Wednesday.
It was a clear sign that Msakakuona did not expect the result in his favour after Dwangwa outplayed his charges for the better part of the game.
And Dwangwa were just unfortunate not to claim a point after a wonderful performance.
Following the win, Eagles have 45 points from 24 games, just a point above second-placed Mafco.
Philip Masiye scored in each half to ensure the precious points for Eagles.
Masiye gave Eagles an early lead when he tapped in from close range.
But Jack Chiona cancelled out the lead with a clever side-foot finish that was aided into the net by Eagles’ goalkeeper, John Soko, in the 27th minute.
The equaliser energised the rookies as they pressurised the hosts in search for the winner, but they wasted numerous scoring chances.
But Masiye completed his brace with two minutes remaining from a free-kick.
Eagles could have scored more in the dying minutes but Dwangwa goalkeeper, Philimon Barnet, was equal to the task.
Cuthbert Sineta was undoubtedly man-of-the-match as he pulled strings in midfield.
The combination of Chiona and Frazer Menyani up front caused plenty of problems to Eagles defenders throughout the game.
Dwangwa are still on position 12 with 22 points from 24 games.
After the game, Msakakuona was relieved with the victory.
“It was a tough match but the players fought hard to win the game. We did not play well but three points was important for us,” Msakakuona said.
His Dwangwa counterpart, MacDonald Mtetemera, said lack of concentration towards the end of the game cost them valuable points.
“We worked well but we conceded a silly goal in the last minute of the game. We needed the points most but we will fight until the end,” Mtetemera said.
Eagles: Soko, Akim Kazombo, Gio Banda, Steve Chagoma, Oswald Maonga, Masiye, Gregory Nachipo, Elijah Kabingu, Vitumbiko Kumwenda, John Malidadi Jnr, Maxwell Salambula.
Dwangwa: Barnet, Pilirani Chirwa, Gilbert Mnkhokwe, Ganizani James, Thom Kamanga, Chiona, Sineta, Patrick Macheso, Victor Harawa, Hassan Upindi (Onesio Mbendera) Menyani.
Referee :Agnes Chamayele
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