Blue Eagles have put to a halt Mighty Be Forward Wanderers’ fine form in the Super League after beating the Blantyre based side 2-1 at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday afternoon in Blantyre.
Both Mighty Wanderers and Blue Eagles started the first half on an impressive note as they were all in search for an opener in the opening minutes but it was the Nomads who could have scored first when Isaac Kaliati failed to tap in Francis Mlimbika’s 4th minute cross.
The Area 30 cops started building some momentum in the 13th minute of the match as Gilbert Chirwa, Vitumbiko Kumwenda, Victor Nyirenda and Maxwell Salambula were playing excellent football and creating good chances.
Midway through the first half Blue Eagles’ effort paid off when Maxwell Salambula scored a beauty past the Nomads goal minder Richard Chipuwa, after receiving a through ball from a move initiated by former Wanderers striker Nyirenda.
After that goal, the Nomads resurrected as their midfield started ticking once again and they began attacking the Area 30 cops’ goal too dangerously but Blue Eagles defence mounted by Osward Maonga, Ackim Kazombe, captain Steve Chagoma and Nyoni was too good to be demolished by the Nomads.
After 30 minutes Belloshigo Amos thought he had levelled the scoreline for the Nomads but Blue Eagles goalminder Chakonda Majanga produced a fine save to keep out Bello’s dangerous effort.
As the first half was going towards the end, Mighty Wanderers continued to threaten the cops as Rafique Namwera, Isaac Kaliati, Mike Kaziputa and Rafique Mussa were displaying good football and were creating chances for the Nomads only that Peter Wadabwa and Amos Bello were shy in front of goal.
After the break, both sides invaded the pitch with fresh ideas as they were all in search for goals but it was Mighty Be Forward Wanderers who started the half on an impressive note as their midfielders kept on winning the battle in the centre of the pitch.
Eagles were stunned by the Nomads’ early dominance in the opening minutes of the second and they failed to muster a response as their midfield was not ticking.
Fourteen minutes into the second half Eddington Ng’onamo introduced Jafali Chande on the place of Bello who was not ticking for the Nomads.
Chande quickly settled into the match and levelled the scoreline for Mighty Be forward Wanderers after he was set by fellow substitute Jimmy Zakazaka.
After that goal both teams continued displaying good passing football as they were all looking for their most important goals that could have helped them to collect all the maximum points.
In the 73rd minute of the match referee Ishmael Chizonga awarded a spot kick to the Area 30 cops after Boston Kabango had handled the ball inside the penalty the Nomads penalty area.
Gilbert Chirwa stepped up for the challenge and he converted the spot kick to put Eagles back in control of the match.
After that goal the Nomads did all they could as they were looking for an equalising goal that could have helped them collect a point but the Area 30 cops defended well as they did not allow the Nomads to break their solid defence and the match ended 2-1 in favour of the visitors.
Speaking to the media after the match, Blue Eagles team manager Gabriel Chirwa said he was happy with his team’s performance whereas Mighty Be forward Wanderers team manager Steve Madeira conceded defeat and said it was not the Nomads’ day.
In other Super League matches played today, Mzuni fc moved to position 4 on the table after beating Wizards 1 nil at Mzuzu stadium whereas Silver Strikers have beaten MTV Max Bullets 3 nil at Kalulu stadium in Chikhwawa.