Emmanuel Zoya’s well taken spot-kick 13 minutes into play won the game for Civo United at Nankhaka ground on Wednesday at the expense of the hosts Blue Eagles.
The penalty came after John Chizuze was fouled in the box.
Blue Eagles played disorganised football, with no purpose, and created only two clear chances in the game.
The first chance was in the 44th minute when Gilbert Chirwa headed wide in front of goal.
The other chance was wasted by substitute Chime Kalanje, who replaced Philip Masiye in the 68th minute. He, too, headed over the bar.
Civo were no better, either, but created more chances.
They were without regulars John Lanjesi, Charles Ben, Martin Masoatheka and Nelson Kangunje.
Eagles coach Deklerk Msakakuona said it was sad that they lost the game.
“This was our strongest squad, which did well in training, but the result is bad. We have to win our last game to make it into the top six so that we can have an automatic qualification for Standard Bank Trophy competition,” said Msakakuona.
Blue Eagles are now on 41 points. They remain with a game against Red Lions whereas Civo, who have 39 points, will host Escom in their last game. Coach Thom Mkolongo was ecstatic after the game: “We needed to win this game at all cost. If we can beat Escom at home, then we will make it into the Standard Bank Trophy.”