There goes the Eagles: Area 30 cops open a five point lead with Sable win

There goes the Eagles: Area 30 cops open a five point lead with Sable win

By Wonderful Samson

Surprise Super League leaders Blue Eagles FC continued their threat to overthrow champions Nyasa Big Bullets on the Super throne with a hard fought 1-2 win over Sable Farming FC at the Mpira Stadium on Saturday to move five points clear at the top of the league table.

Sable FC Captain George Nyirenda ruined a perfect performance after Eagles goalkeeper John Soko saved his penalty to deny the former Ntopwa FC captain to put the game at 2-2  after forward Emmanuel Linho had pulled a goal back to reduce Eagles’ lead which came courtesy of an Osward Maongas’ first half  25 yard screamer and a Schumaker Kuwalis’ strike.

Sable now have just a single win out of their four home matches and remain in the relegation zone with five points from six games.  

The hosts started the first half looking comfortable and started asking the Eagles questions inside the first 2 minutes. Midfielder Innoncent Msowoya was teed up nicely on the edge of the box  but  his  low bending effort narrowly went wide.

Blue Eagles quickly replied on the other end with a sweeping attack down the left.  Forward Gaddie Chirwa sent a fine cross inside the Sable box but Paul Master failed to connect it properly and the ball went wide.

Sable FC were on the boil as they kept camping in the Blue Eagles goal area and created the best chance since the start but Chifundo Ngapemba took time to strike, allowing the Eagles defence to block his shot.

The rookies Head coach, Joseph Malizani was hungry for a win and made a double change in the 25th minute, taking out  Humphrey Chimwaza  and Sheriff Maida  and brought in  Franklin Mlimamanjira and Christopher Gototo.

The hosts had been lively for the most part of the opening minutes but it was the league leaders who took the lead.  After being set up by his captain Shumacher Kuwali, defender Oswald Maonga scored a stunning volley from long range, a strike which would be a serious contender for the goal of the season if that award existed in local football.

Maonga’s moment of brilliance did not take long as the hosts  replied instantly through Emmanuel Lino who tapped in from close range in the 40th minute.

Kuwali, who is enjoying top form since joining Eagles this season, made sure the league leaders went  into the recess in front with a fine finish.  Sable captain George Nyirenda failed to clear  a cross in the box and Kuwali was alert to unleash a strong shot past goalkeeper Christopher Mikuwa.

Returning from the interval, Sable coach Joseph Malizani was forced to make his third change of the game after Emmanuel Lino picked an injury and was replaced by Taniel Mhango in the 51 minute.

And although losing the scorer of their equalizer seemed like a blow, Sable Farming FC maintained their energy and their pressure was eventually awarded with a penalty in the 55 minute after forward Chifundo Ngapemba was brought down in the Eagles box. Captain George Nyirenda stepped up to take the penalty kick but saw his hit saved by Soko much to the delight of the Eagles bench.

On the other end, Eagles’ GiIbert Chirwa could have established a 2 goal lead in the 74th minute but the midfielder disappointingly shot straight at the goalkeeper after being excellently put through by lively forward Gaddie Chirwa.

After their penalty miss, the host never looked like threatening the Eagles again and looked out of depth against the striking partnership of Kuwali and Gaddie Chirwa which looked lively throught the encounter and Eagles tightened the game to return to the Capital City with a valuable three points in the bag.

There was also time for late drama when referee Happy Ng’ambi flashed a red card to Gilbert Chirwa who had been taken off after Chirwa exceedingly protested a refereeing decision.

Pic Credits: Waganyu

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