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Blantyre United go top of the log



Blantyre United jumped to the 2012 TNM Super League summit for the first time this campaign after a come-from-behind 4-2 beating of Mighty Wanderers at a soggy Balaka Stadium last weekend.

The modest Blantyre appeared to be heading for its second loss in the last round after Joseph Kamwendo’s penalty and teenage Victor Mpinganjira’s header had put Wanderers in front in between Brown Mizeye’s goal.

But Blantyre returned from the dressing room with new ideas. They hit thrice within 15 minutes with Mizeye adding his second before Sparrow Msowoya bagged a double.

Blantyre climbed up the table to 39 points, leapfroging Big Bullets who have slipped to second on 38 points. Red Lions occupy the third position on 35 points while Wanderers dropped to seventh on 31 points.

Defending champions, Silver Strikers occupy the third spot on 37 points after returning from their month-long hibernation to ease past Mafco 4-3 in Chitowe Stadium.

At Chitowe, Frank Banda netted a brace, then a goal apiece from Rodrick Gonani and Green Harawa sealed the win over Mafco who struck through Richard Ngulu twice with the other from Osward Nkagula.

The biggest movers of the weekend were newly-ordained Carlsberg Cup kings Blue Eagles who beat Epac FC 2-1 at Civo Stadium, courtesy of Innocent Bokosi and Micium Mhone to erase Ishmael Thindwa’s effort on Saturday.

Bokosi struck again on Sunday in 1-0 win over Kamuzu Barracks, who beat Kabwafu United 1-0 on Saturday, as the Eagles moved to fifth on 33 points on the 15-member log table.

The successful weekend for the Eagles was completed with Mhone named player of the month September-October to receive K15 000, a cap and T-shirt from league sponsors, TNM.

Elsewhere, new coach Temwa Msuku had a winning start at Moyale Barracks who brushed aside Escom United 3-1 on Saturday, thanks to goals from Crispin Fukizi, Gastin Simukonda and Wisdom Mambulu at Zomba Community Centre.

Manase Chiyesa made the lone reply for Escom perched second off the basement on 16 points.

At the same venue, Moyale were at it again the following day, extending Azam Tigers’ winless streak to four games after beating them 2-0 through Fukizi and Simukonda strikes.

Kabwafu remain bottom on 13 points following a 3-2 defeat on Sunday by Civo United who netted through Martin Masoatheka, Dan Katunga and Patrick Gunde to cancel out Dan Lusare and Ibrahim Kaunda’s goals. Civo are sixth on 32 points.

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