Midfielder maestro Joseph Kamwendo mesmerized fans with his skills and touches, as he inspired Be Forward Wanderers to a 2-0 victory against FOMO FC in a friendly encounter arranged to fine tune ahead of their Carlsberg Cup finals against Silver Strikers this coming weekend in Blantyre.
The friendly match took place at Esparanza football ground in Mulanje district.
Kamwendo, also popularly known as ‘Shakira’, who scored the opener on the spot kick after Ishamel Thindwa was brought down in the penalty box was voted man of the match as he kept the Nomads engine room boiling for the entire 90 minutes.
No wonder after the last whistle, spectators chanted, “Shakira Shakira” in praise of the vastly experienced midfielder who has just penned a two years contract with the Nomads after a short stint in Mozambique.
“It feels good putting on the Nomads colours once again. Wanderers is like a family to me and to our fans l can just say good things are coming and this is just the beginning,” he told Nyasa Times.
Kamwendo gelled well with Alfred Manyozo and Malumbo Gondwe on the midfield, as Ishmael Thindwa played upfront with Jabulani Linje behind him.
This was Linje’s first game after being sidelined for three months due to a groin injury.
Ibrahim Sadiq and Felix Zulu operated from the wings, while towering defender Bongani Kaipa, Louis Minjale and Ted Sumani forced a concrete wall in defence.
It was a debut for former Prison United goalkeeper Moses Liundi, as Vales Kamzere was on bench.
Also introduced in the second half were Mike Kaziputa, Ernest Tambe, Jimmy Zakazaka and Khumbo Ng’ambi, who hammered the second goal.
In the other camp, FOMO kicked-off the match on a promising note, but their journey did not last long, as could not stand the Nomads heat.
The rookies looked tired after 15 minutes of the game, and they could not pass two to three passes before intercepting the ball.
Be Forward Wanderers coach Elijah Kananji described the performance of his boys encouraging and said it came at the right time as they prepare for the Carlsberg Cup finals.
“This friendly match gave us a chance to asses some of our players. I was more impressed with the performance of Kamwendo and you saw it yourself that he is one of the best players in the country,” said Kananji.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :