Experienced striker Jimmy Zakazaka came from the bench to score a dramatic winner in the second half as Be Forward Wanderers beat Mafco FC 2-1 in a friendly encounter played on Friday at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Despite being reduced to 9 men after Ted Sumani and Jimmy Zakazaka were sent off, the Nomads put up a gallant fight as they played like a unit, a thing which has been lacking in their previous games in the League.
The soldiers were first to score through a long range, before the Nomads equalizer ten minutes later courtesy of Mike Kaziputa, when he connected a Luka Milanzi’s grass cutter pass from the left flank.
Substitute Jimmy Zakazaka then set up a frantic final second half with a side-foot finish from Ernest Tambe’s superb knockdown.
There were also moments of drama, when referee showed two Nomads player’s marching orders starting with Ted Sumani, who was shown two yellow cards.
A few minutes later, the referee was at it again when he send Jimmy Zakazaka to an early shower after exchanging bitter words.
Mafco were also awarded a penalty five minutes before the end of the game, when one of their strikers was brought down inside the box, which they missed.
The Nomads then resorted to park the bus knowing they were less with two players.
Thumbs up to their defence, which was well marshaled by Wongani Kaipa. Their midfield also ticked well with Ernest Tambe dictating the proceeding of the game.
This was a sweet victory for the Nomads, who lost 3-1 to the same team in the League game some few weeks ago on the same venue.
In Friday’s match, the Nomads missed a number of players like Francis Mlimbika, Stanely Sanudi, Rafiq Namwera and Peter Wadabwa, who are with the Flames on national duty.
They also played without Jaffali Chande, who was in camp with the Flames before being dropped out. Other key players Isaac Kaliat and Jabulani Linje also missed out due to injuries.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :