CIVO United launched a fine start to the new TNM Super League when they beat Blue Eagles 2-1 at a poorly patronised Civo Stadium on Sunday.
The first half of the game was not very impressive as both sides took time to settle down and create goal scoring opportunities.
However, Civo could have opened the score sheet in the 15th minute when Lazarus Chirwa had his set piece went begging.
The hosts were the ones who made more attacks and were just unfortunate that they could not score.
Their great chance came in the 34th minute when Martin Masoatheka dribbled past some defenders to beautifully set Welani Nyirenda whose effort went wide.
Four minutes later, the hosts went up through an own goal by Pempho Kamsichiri who failed to tame a cross from the left flank.
Towards recess, Eagles also registered some chances through striker Innocent Bokosi and diminutive Meciam Mhone.
Eagles, who are Standard Bank and Fellowship Association of Malawi(Fama) cup holders, equalised through Eliah Kabingu in the 58th minute.
Civo's Patience Kalumo, who played in his unusual defence role, appeared not comfortable in the position and it was just unfortunate that Eagles could not make use of the situation.
In the 64th minute, Civo made a double substitution when they pulled out Lawrence Mwehiwa and Chirwa for Jabulani Linje and Davie Ng'ambi respectively. The change appeared to have made an impact as the side looked sharper in their attack.
Minutes later, the cops also had a double change when they introduced Japhet Mamberera and Ben Hojani for Phillip Masiye and Bongani Ngulube respectively before later bringing in Chikondi Mpulula.
In the 77th minute, substitute Ng'ambi made an impact when he delivered a cross which Nyirenda directed it into the net to make it two.
With few minutes to full time, Eagles tried to press for an equaliser but it was too late.
Eagles coach Derklek Msakakuona said lucky was not on their side and congratulated Civo for the win.
Civo coach Alex Masanjala said he was happy that his side displayed good football.
In other matches, rookies Kamuzu Barracks narrowly beat Epac 1-0 at Silver Stadium while Kabwafu went down 2-1 to Mafco.