Gilbert Chirwa and Victor Nyirenda strikes inspired Blue Eagles to return to the summit of the TNM Super League after beating Civil Service (Civo) United 2-0 at Nankhaka Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday.
Following the victory, the Area 30-based cops now have 21 points from nine games—two points ahead of second-placed Silver Strikers.
Chirw’s superb lob 35 minutes into the game completely escaped the attention of Victor Banda in Civo’s goal.
Nyirenda killed the game in the 78th minute.
Chirwa was the architect of the second goal when he delievered the cross which Nyirenda easily tapped in.
That said, it was a laboured victory for Eagles who put up a disjointed perfomance.
Civo had all their best arsenals on call. Regular offensive players like Fletcher Bandawe, Raphael Phiri, Jelesi Lufeyo and Nelson Kangunje failed to break Eagles score despite hoards of chances.
At the end of the game, Eagles coach Deklerk Msakakuona admitted it was a laboured triumph.
“We struggled and lost possession needlessly. It was a difficult game for us and that we won was by the grace of God. Nevertheless, I am happy we won and we are back on top, “ he said.
On his part, Civo United coach Pofera Jegwe rued lost chances.
At Mzuzu Stadium, Mzuzu University (Mzuni) suffered a 0-1 to Epac FC.
Lyton Kaunda scored the lone goal in the 79th minute.
Following the loss, Mzuni have been displaced on third position by Mafco who pipped Moyale 1-0. Mafco now have 17 points from eight games whereas Mzuni have 16 points from 10 games.
The league’s leading scorer Richard Mbulu, scored for Mafco to take his tally to six. At Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, Stan Pendame’s solitary strike inspired Azam Tigers to a 1-0 win over Kamuzu Barracks.