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Eagles crawl

Cops drop points, fail to score in second consecutive match

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Eliya Kananji

TNM Super League leaders Blue Eagles blew a golden chance to extend their lead at the top of the TNM Super League table following a goal-less draw with Civil Service United at Nankhaka Stadium in Lilongwe Wednesday.

This is the second consecutive barren draw for Eagles having also collected a single point against Dedza Dynamos at Balaka Stadium last week.

The result means Eagles have maintained their top spot on the table with 27 points from 11 matches, just one point above second-placed Nyasa Big Bullets, who have a game in hand.

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Bullets have a chance to go two points above Eagles if they get a positive result against TN Stars at Kasungu Stadium on Sunday.

The Nankhaka encounter was a balanced affair as both sides exercised caution throughout.

The first half had few chances as the two gladiators closed each other down, forcing either side to manage just a shot on target.

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Eagles’ best chance fell to Gilbert Chirwa but Civil goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe was equal to the task.

Civil’s Arnold Masamba also had a chance to break the deadlock but his shot brought out the best of Brighton Munthali.

In the absence of injured captain Schumacher Kuwali, Micium Mhone and Gaddie Chirwa formed a partnership upfront but failed to penetrate Civil’s defence.

Civil striker Christopher Kumwembe partnered Chikaiko Batison but also failed to go past the Eagles’ backline.

Civil came into the second half a changed side and piled pressure on the hosts but finding the back of the net proved to be an impossible task.

With 20 minutes to full time, Civil were forced to substitute injured defender Bashir Maunde for Kelvin Kadzinje.

Towards the end of the match, Eagles also introduced experienced Maxwell Salambula for Trouble Banda.

Civil also introduced Juma Yatina for Kumwembe who missed a great chance in stoppage time.

Eagles Coach Elia Kananji said picking a point from a team that beat them last season was not bad.

“One point is better than a loss. Civil came hard on us but a draw is a fair result. There are some positives that I have picked from our performance,” Kananji said.

Civil Team Manager Gabriel Chirwa described the encounter as exciting.

“We wanted the three points and we will keep on pushing. But this was a good match,” Chirwa said.

The result leaves Civil on position nine with 11 points from 10 matches.

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