LILONGWE--Two second half goals, coming within a space of two minutes from Charles Ngosi were enough to silence Big Bullets as the ‘People’s Team’ faced struggling Blue Eagles in a TNM Super League affair at Nankhaka Stadium in Lilongwe’s Area 30.
Attracting a huge crowd that filled every space available in the stands, the game started on a fast pace with Bullets looking more dangerous than their hosts.
Veteran striker Heston Munthali nearly shot the Bullets ahead midway into the first half but his close range header was tipped over by Eagles custodian John Soko, formerly of Moyale Barracks. Despite their dominance, the visitors did not find the hosts’ net and the first half ended goal-less.
Blue Eagles had a chance to break the deadlock on the hour but midfielder Elia Kabingu failed to beat Bullets’ goalkeeper Owen Chaima in a one-on-one situation after beating Bullets’ ill-conceived off-side trap.
Exciting midfielder Mecium Mhone also came close to scoring for Eagles but his long-range effort hit the post.
Sensing danger, Bullets’ coach Eddington Ng’onamo brought in Fischer Kondowe, nicknamed Mablacks by fans because of his dread-locks for Dalitso Silva but before the former Flames’ striker could make any impact, Ngosi struck 18 minutes from time.
The former Bullets’ striker beat Chaima with an intelligent strike after being put through by substitute Daniel Phiri, who had come in for Ken Mponda at the start of the second half.
Ngosi was on target again two minutes later, scoring with a hot shot after being put through by captain Peter Mgangira.
Two goals down, Bullets offered very little in the last moments and it was all smiles in the Eagles’ camp, which might have been inspired by the presence of Police boss Inspector General Lot Dzonzi. Apart from Dzonzi, the game also attracted the presence of Flames’ coach Kinnah Phiri.
Eagles’ coach Deklerk Msakakuona, who was without his injured marksman John “CJ’ Banda saluted his charges for a job well done.
“Our opponents dominated the first half but we took over control in the second half, in which we could have scored at least four goals. I thank the boys for implementing what we told them at half time,” said Msakakuona.
Bullets’ Ng’onamo, who was also without his ace striker Gabadin Mhango chose to use officiation as a scapegoat. “My boys were demoralized with poor officiation. I have never seen such poor officiation,” said Ng’onamo.
However, neutral observers described the officiation by Lilongwe based Fifa referee Jones Makuwira as fairly good.
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