Blue Eagles produced a master class performance as they defeated Dedza Dynamos Salima Sugar 3-0 in the first leg of the 2022 Airtel Top 8 Cup quarterfinals at Nankhaka Stadium yesterday.
The result means Eagles have a massive advantage heading into the second leg slated for December 3 at Dedza Stadium.
For Dedza, they have made life difficult for themselves and they have an uphill task to turn the tables in the return leg.
They need to beat Eagles by more than three goals to qualify for the semifinals. It was a dominant display from the Eagles, who showed great character throughout the match.
Micium Mhone, Richard Rapson and Christopher Gototo were on target for the Eagles.
The visitors struggled and were ineffective in front of the goal. The front three of Charles Chipala, Promise Kamwendo and Clement Nyondo had a bad day.
Mhone opened the scoring after 16 minutes in the first half when he tapped in a cross from Rapson.
Man-ofthe-match Rapson scored the second goal for Eagles in the 59th minute with a fine finish.
Gototo, on his 20th birthday, hammered the last nail on Dynamos’ coffin in the 74th minute when he unleashed a thunderous shot outside the 18 yard box leaving goalkeeper Donnex Mwakisinga helpless.
After the match, Eagles Coach Eliya Kananji was pleased with the performance of the players.
“We should not relax. Dedza will likely come hard on us in the second leg but we will prepare well for the match,” Kananji said.
Dynamos Coach Dzinkambani refused to throw in the towel.
“The battle is not yet over. We are down but not yet out. Anything can happen at home and we will fight to score four goals,” Dzinkambani said.
The other quarterfinals will take place next week as Silver Strikers will host Kamuzu Barracks at Chitowe Stadium.
Holders Nyasa Big Bullets are one foot into the semifinals of the competition after they thrashed Karonga United 7-0 in the first leg at Kamuzu Stadium.
Mighty Mukuru Wanderers defeated Mafco 2-0 in the first leg at the same venue to head into the second leg with an advantage.