When Ekwendeni Hammers lost 2-0 to Blue Eagles in the first round without kicking a ball, it was their lowest moment in the 2021 TNM Super League.
Super League of Malawi awarded Blue Eagles the match after the Mzimba North-based outfit forgot players’ identity cards in that encounter.
However, on Friday Ekwendeni had their day when they exacted revenge, beating the Malawi Police Service outfit 3-2 at Mzuzu Stadium.
Eagles scored first just six minutes into the match through Micium Mhone but Brian Phiri equalised for the home side in the 39th minute with a penalty.
Sam Phiri put the home side in the lead in 55th minute but Gaddie Chirwa levelled in the 67th minute.
Phiri scored a brace in the 77th minute for Hammers to triumph in the five-goal thriller.
Hammers coach Etson Kadenge Mwafulirwa said the result was a relief for his charges who had to come from behind to collect three points.
He said: “It’s a great achievement. This result is very important for us. Although we were trailing, we knew they had a porous defence and that after 90 minutes we would beat them.”
For his counterpart, Gerald Phir Snr, the noose is slowly tightening after he was given a five-game ultimatum to change the team’s fortunes, but he has won one game.
He said: “We scored goals but we couldn’t defend. We have lost we have to admit. It’s part of the game. We look forward to the next game.”