Eagles win Bingu Ikhome Bonanza

Blue Eagles on Sunday beat Be Forward Wanderers 4-3 through post-match penalties to clinch the inaugural National Youth Council of Malawi (Nycom) Bonanza at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

The two teams settled for a one-all draw in regulation time.

Schumaker Kuwali put the Malawi Police Service side in front before Nomads’ Francis Mkonda equalised.

Msakakuona: We deserved to win

Apart from the K5 million  prize, the cops also won all individual awards.

Kuwali won both Player of the Tournament and Golden Boot awards, whereas John Soko was voted the best goalkeeper.

In the penalty shootouts,  KingsleyKuwali, Schumaker,  VitumbikoKumwenda and OnesimoMbendera converted for Eagles while Gilbert Chirwa and Maxwell Salambula failed.

On the other hand, Francis Mlimbika, Alfred Manyozo Jnr and Lucky Malata converted for Wanderers while  BabatundeAdepoju, Mkonda and BonganiKaipa failed to convert their spotkicks .

Both teams had chances to win the game in regulation time, but could not utilise the chances they created.

“We deserved to win by  all means. We had the most chances and controlled the game. It was a great team work. I am happy and proud of the boys,” said Eagles coach  DeKlerkMsakakuona.

His Wanderers counterpart Oscar Kaunda said it was painful losing through penalties.

“It was a great final against a good Eagles side. We all had opportunities, but it’s unfortunate that the game had to be decided through penalties.

“It’s painful. But overall, it was a good game,” he said.

In a third-place match, Silver Strikers beat Nyasa Big Bullets 2-1.

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