by Peter Kanjere:
Blue Eagles must shake off the hangover of winning the Airtel Top 8 trophy, fly modestly and cautiously in Lilongwe when welcoming unpredictable Karonga United at Nankhaka Ground this afternoon.
With most teams exempted from games this weekend, Eagles, who won the cup after beating Nyasa Big Bullets 1-0 last Sunday at Bingu National Stadium, can join the league log table’s top-five band with a win.
The ninth-placed Eagles have 14 points from nine games, 12 points behind leaders, Silver Strikers, while Karonga are placed 13th with 12 points from 12 matches.
There is every reason for Coach, Deklerk Msakakuona, to caution his charges against complacency as their home record is not good enough, having won and lost two games each with the other ending in a draw.
Eagles’ last home game against Be Forward Wanderers ended in a 3-0 loss.
Perhaps, Eagles will be encouraged by Karonga’s unimpressive run on the road in the league as they have won once in six games of two losses, three draws and one win.
To get the business done, Eagles can always bank on overlapping right-back Steve Chagoma’s experience and pace and trickery of Gilbert Chirwa.
Karonga have Peter Mselema to provide defensive solidity whereas Anthony Mfune is their main man when it comes to scoring business.
Elsewhere, sixth-positioned Red Lions, too, hope to push up the table when playing against Masters Security FC at Dedza Stadium.
The Lions have 16 points from 12 games, two places behind Masters who have 14 points from 12 games.
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