Super League leaders Blue Eagles’ bright start to the season hit a new low yesterday after suffering a devastating 4-0 loss to Kamuzu Barracks (KB) at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
Eagles went into the match a day after their lead was cut to two points when second-placed Silver Strikers beat Red Lions 2-1 on Saturday.
It is a third straight defeat for Eagles who last week, lost 2-1 to Silver Strikers and exited the Presidential Cup after losing to Nyasa Big Bullets. They now have 18 points from eight games.
KB led midway through the first half when Eagles captain Steve Chagoma headed into his own net.
With 10 minutes to half time, KB stretched their lead when a seemingly harmless ball from a Diouf Simaone free-kick eluded goalkeeper John Soko.
KB netted its third goal in the second half when midfielder Harvey Nkacha connected home from close range, attracting cheers from spectators.
Eagles tried to reduce the arrears as the match wore on but Wister Phiri and John Malidadi could not beat goalkeeper Lemani Nthala.
If the afternoon was getting cold then, Blue Eagles felt it more as Nkacha claimed a brace with a low shot to make it 4-0.
Eagles coach Deklerk Msakakuona said the loss was a blow to their title ambitions but was optimistic his side will recover.
KB coach Billy Phambala described the win aa a sign that his team has recovered from a poor start to the season.
Meanwhile, at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, Karonga United held Wizards FC to a goalless draw.
Karonga still anchor the table with three points from four games while Wizards remain fifth from the bottom with seven points from six games.