Mighty Be Forward Wanderers fans were treated to a welcome sight on Wednesday as Jaffalie Chande scored on his return to action when Wanderers beat Max Bullets 2-1 in the TNM Super League matchplayed in Blanture.
Chande says he is relieved to get back into action after a long spell out due to illness.
He has been out of action since he was left out of the Flames travelling squad to Zimbabwe and Namibia for Africa Cup qualifiers and COSAFA tournament respectively returned to train with Wanderers last week.
Coach Edding’tone Ng’onamo did not include him in their travelling squad a day later to Mzuzu for a presidential cup game against Moyale Barracks which Wanderers lost.
During the game against Max Bullets he came in as a susbstitute.
A few minutes after coming on as a second half substitute, Chande scored with his second touch from the rebound following an Amos Bello shot which was parried by a Max Bullets goalkeeper.
Speaking to Nyasa Times after the game, Chande said he is happy to get back into action and promised Wanderers supporters that they are yet to see the real Chande.
“I have always said that scoring is not a problem to me. As long as I get the chance to play, I always have the desire to score goals because that’s what am paid for. I have no regrets for the decision I made at the start of the season. My future is here and I love playing the team of my choice,” said Chande who joined Wanderers from Bullets.
Chande also took time to clarify the reasons for his absence since being left out of the Flames travelling squad.
“Blessings (referring to the Nyasa Times reporter), I have heard a lot about my absence during Wanderer’s recent matches but I know that it’s from those who do not wish me well. I have been in Lilongwe for the past month due to illness. I travelled with my Club’s blessings. Mind you my parents are based in Lilongwe. Whenever I read claims about my whereabouts, I laughed over them and said they don’t really know the truth of the matter,” said the smiling Chande.
Meanwhile, Wanderers Captain Francis Mlimbika says Chande’s availability is a plus to them because he has been the missing link for team in the last few games.
“Chande is an intelligent player. He knows how to read his playing partners and that’s why he scores more often. Since his switch from our rivals, everyone knew what a player we got and we are happy that he has returned into action. With Chande, Bello and Peter Wadabwa, I can assure you that our attacking options are better and we cannot be losing points anyhow,” said the Nomads skipper.
Wanderers next assignment in the league is a meeting with Azam Tigers on Sunday at the Kamuzu Stadium.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :