Newly-appointed Inspector General of Malawi Police Service (MPS) Rodney Jose has rewarded Blue Eagles players with K1 million as a token of appreciation for winning the Airtel Top 8.
The MPS-sponsored side edged Nyasa Big Bullets 1-0 on Sunday at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe via Stuart Mbunge’s spot-kick in time added.
Eagles general secretary (GS) Ulemu Kalua commended the IG for his gesture.
“The IG has given us K1 million from his pocket for the team to share. He is currently out of the country on duty, but he is proud of the team’s feat and we are grateful,” he said.
Coach DeKlerk Msakakuona described the gesture as an honour and a motivating factor.
“He did the same when we booted out immediate past holders Silver Strikers to qualify for the finals and he has done it again. We really appreciate the gesture,” he said.
Mbunge and captain Micium Mhone also thanked the IG, saying they do not take it for granted and it will motivate them to work even harder.
Eagles won the trophy without conceding any goal in the competition.
The last time Eagles won the trophy was in 2012 when they beat Escom United 1-0 to win the Carlsberg Cup.
The last time Eagles met Bullets in a cup final was in 1995 and, again, Eagles emerged 2-0 victors.