LILONGWE--Teenage striker Mussa Manyenje on Sunday, June 24, 2012 saved Epac FC eagles’ jaws, when he struck twice within the last 15 minutes to put his team level on 3-3 against Blue Eagles in a TNM Super League match played at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe.
The Dini Josaya boys looked dead and buried, when Flames marksman John Banda made it 3-1 for Blue Eagles with just about 15 minutes remaining on the clock.
But just a minute after Banda’s strike, Manyenje made it 3-2 after capitalizing on a lapse in Eagles’ goal area. The youthful striker, who is a product of the Coca-Cola schools trophy was on the score-sheet again in the 82nd minute, squeezing the ball past Eagles goal-minder Duncan Mkandawire for Epac’s third goal.
This was a second come back for Epac, who had earlier in the first half fell behind to an Innocent Bokosi striker.
But former Mighty Wanderers striker Darlington Chithala cancelled the cops’ lead on 33 minutes before Mecium Mhone made it 2-1 for the Loti Dzonzi troops in the second half.
A relieved Epac coach Abbas Makawa praised his boys for fighting all the way to the final whistle: “We let in silly goals but in the second half I urged the boys to fight on and it paid for us in the end,” said Makawa.
Eagles’ mentor Deklerk Msakakuona partly blamed the result on poor goal keeping. “Our goalkeeping was not good enough to day and the players also forgot that a game is played in 90 minutes. We were leading yes but we had not won,” lamented Msakakuona.
Playing a little distance from the Silver Stadium, Civo United failed to utilize home ground advantage, when they were held to a 1-all draw by new comes Kamuzu Barracks. In Dwangwa Big Bullets drew two points closer to league leaders Silver Strikers with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Mafco as Silver fell 2-1 to bottom placed Blantyre United at Kamuzu Stadium.
Mighty Wanderers and Azam Tigers played out a 1-all draw at Kalulu Stadium while Red Lions edged Bvumbwe Research 2-1 at Zomba Community Centre.
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