- Blue Eagles beat Civo 4-1
Amid incredible drama, Kamuzu Barracks (KB) secured a 1-0 triumph over Mighty Be Forward Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday, consequently displacing the Nomads from fifth position on the 15-team TNM Super League log table.
Wanderers have now dropped to sixth slot with 26 points, the same as KB and fourth-placed Silver Strikers, who are better on goal difference.
Substitute Yona Zinjani’s priceless goal in the 63rd minute ensured that KB move two places up from the seventh slot on the ladder as Wanderers suffered a consecutive second-round defeat, a fourth loss in 16 games this season.
Wanderers’ fans returned home with drooping faces as they saw their title hopes fading away. No wonder they signed off their presence at the match venue with “Kochi Achoke” (let the coach resign) chants.
In the 20th minute, Alfred Manyozo fouled Manase Chiyesa in the box for Kamuzu Barracks to win a penalty. However, Kelvin Malikebu blasted the golden chance over the bar. A minute later, the visitors secured another chance in the box, but Kelvin Hang’anda shot wide.
The tide then turned into Nomads favour in the 25th minute when unstoppable Muhammed Sulumba ran with the ball for 20 metres into the box and made a diagonal pass for victor Nyirenda to fluff off a scoring opportunity. The first-half ended 0-0.
KB came with all guns blazing in the second-half and their hard work paid off in the 63rd minute when Zinjani tapped the ball into the corner after Dennis Kambewa’s shot hit the post.
However, Nomads’ chances of getting an equaliser faded following a red-card to substitute Mapopa Kaunda for a reckless foul on KB defender.
“We squandered a lot of scoring opportunities,” moaned Wanderers coach Elia Kananji.
But KB coach Temwa Msuku described their victory as a big relief and an indicator that they can ably fight for the title if they maintain their courage.
In another encounter at Civo Stadium, Blue Eagles trounced hosts Civo United 4-1 to displace Azam Tigers from the second position. The Eagles relied on Schumacher Kuwali’s four goals to outclass Civo, who found their consolation goal through Nelson Kangunje.
Eagles have 29 points, six points behind leaders Big Bullets, who have a game in hand, and a point ahead of third-placed Tigers.
The game between Fisd Wizards and Moyale ended goalless.