Another remarkable day in the life of the TNM Super League, another shocking result for the title pretender Mighty Be Forward Wanderers when they were inflicted to a 2-3 defeat by Mafco at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday.
In a captivating fixture, the Nomads found themselves a goal behind in the first 20th minute courtesy of Stain Malata.
The Nomads pulled one back just before the break through Jaffali Chande but the Salima based soldiers restored their two-goal advantage in the second half through Zikhole Ngulube.
Ngulube scored through a free-kick near the south corner flag, which Bester Phiri could have done better to avoid the goal.
Boston Kabango ensured an interesting game by lashing home in the added time but, try as they might, the Nomads could not conjure up an equaliser.
Moment of silence on the Nomads stands came on the dot of the final whistle, when Richard Mbulu scored the winner after a long shot, which was too hot for Phiri to handle.
This was a thorough test of Wanderers title credentials and, with Blue Eagles beating Moyale 1-0 to make their points 18, may be a game the Nomads look back on with plenty of regret at the end of the season.
The Nomads kicked-off the game on a positive side , and should probably have taken the lead after seven minutes, when Isaac Kaliat was played through by Mike Kaziputa.
The Nomads improved as the half wore on and had vociferous appeals for a penalty away when Mafco defender scythed down Amos Bello. The striker fell inside the penalty area but referee Ishamel Chizinga correctly ruled that there was no foul involved.
Wanderers had initially struggled to make inroads after the break, so it made sense to see Jabulani Linje replace Amos Bello, while Khumbo Ng’ambi came in for Isaac Kaliati.
Ibrahim Sadick was also introduced for Mike Kaziputa.
Mbulu for Mafco nearly caused havoc in the Nomads defence when he raced into the penalty area and picking out Foster Namwera but lucky enough Boston Kabango came to the rescue.
With only one win against Silver Strikers before draws against Nyasa Big Bullets, Dwangwa United and Civo United, Jack Chamangwana’s men must respond quickly.
Goodness knows Chamangwana is struggling, and this is the kind of result that could just invite trouble for him and the supporters must wonder if the title that they believed Chamangwana could achieve is in anyway a possibility.
Many Wanderers supporters who spoke to Nyasa Times expressed disappointment with the club’s woeful display.
“We are not improving in tactics. We are poorer than we were last season. The coach seems to be clueless. Old time football tactics not helping the team,” said a supporter identified as ‘Kosovo’.
On another note, the game grossed K7,845,700.
In other matches, Max Bullets and Epac FC played out a 0-0 draw, while Kamuzu Barracks defeated Dwangwa United 5-1.
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