Blue Eagles on Sunday reclaimed the TNM Super League top seat following a comfortable 3-0 win over Waka Waka Tigers at Nankhaka Stadium in Lilongwe.
Following the win, the Malawi Police Service-sponsored side has 25 points from nine matches, two ahead of champions Nyasa Big Bullets.
The Area 30-based cops were displaced from the top of the 16-team league on Saturday, albeit temporarily, after Bullets’ 1-0 win over Civil Service (Civo) United.
It took just five seconds for Eagles to draw first blood through their marksman and captain Schumacher Kuwali in what will go down as one of the fastest goals in the local top-flight league.
The hosts, who led 1-0 at half time, doubled the lead in the 72nd minute again through Kuwali following a move of utter beauty involving Gaddie Chirwa, Mecium Mhone and Paul Master.
And as Tigers were still digesting that goal, Chirwa netted the third for Eagles four minutes later after being set by Kuwali.
Both teams made substitutions as the match progressed. Tigers pulled out Masiya Nanga and Yamikani Thole for Precious Chibingu and Peter Barry, respectively.
On the other hand, Eagles took out Chirwa, Master and Mhone for Arthur Moffat, Kelvin Tsibwabwa and Chikondi Mvula.
Despite the loss, Tigers remain third with 15 points from nine matches.
Eagles coach Elia Kananji said despite the win, it was a tough match.
“Our early goal unsettled them and we appeared to relax until the half time pep talk when we drummed into our players that the game was not yet over and they upped the tempo,” he said.
Tigers coach Trevor Kajawa blamed the loss on fatigue.
He said: “We had a tough game on Saturday against TN Stars while our friends [Eagles] were fresh and that worked against us.
“But getting three points from a possible six away isn’t that bad.”
At Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, Mighty Wanderers recovered from their back-to-back losses to beat rookies Dedza Dynamos 2-0.
After a goalless first half which failed to stir the passions, the Nomads took the lead in the 55th minute through Muhammad Sulumba, who easily headed home a well-curled cross from Stanley Sanudi to send Wanderers fans into frenzy.
Sanudi was also the architect of the second goal six minutes later when he provided a cross which was beautifully planyed home by Chiukepo Msowoya.
Following the win, Wanderers have moved three places up to fifth with 13 points from eight matches while Dedza remain 11th with eight points from eight matches.
In other matches, Sable Farming won the battle of rookies when they beat Rumphi United 2-0 courtesy of Trouble Kajani’s brace, Kamuzu Barracks pipped Ekwendeni Hammers 1-0 via Ndaona Daisi’s strike.
Moyale Barracks beat Karonga United 2-0 through goals from Lloyd Njaliwa and Raphael Phiri.