Mighty Wanderers are back in town. On Saturday the rejuvenated Nomads ended the ubeaten run of to Azam Tigers with a narrow 1-0 win at the Balaka Stadium in the TNM Super League match.
Azam Tigers gave its supporters false hopes after showcasing an impressive performance in the first half.Tigers dominated the entire first half through some wonderful passes and skills led by left winger Isaac Kaliati.
In the first five minutes, Wanderers keeper Bester Phiri was the bussiest man on the field of play following wave after wave counter attacks from Tigers players.
He produced wonderful and magical serves that would be goals, getting injured in the process after colliding with an Azam Tigers player.
The Nomads looked a disorganized side as they failed to knock the ball ending up chasing their own shadows.
Frustrated Wanderers had their tempers flared and turned the football pitch into a war zone with rough and physical game.
This resulted into a yellow card which was flashed to defender Francis Mlimbika after he produced a reckless and deliberate tackle on a Tigers player.
The Nomads failed to create scoring opportunities.
The half time break proved to be productive to the Wanderers side who looked a rejuvenated side after recess.
The best chance came in the 51st minute when striker Diverson Chilemba set Victor Mpinganjira who pressed the ball powerfully but Azam goalie Nenani Juwawo was alert to tip the ball over the bar.
Mpinganjira continued to shine with some clever runs and passes. He combined well with Mike Kaziputa on the left who was also in top form.
Then the best moment came in the 75th minute when Mpinganjira made a solo effort to dribble past a defender to chip in a beautiful cross from the left flank.
Azam defender Bashir Maunde headed the ball into his own net as he was trying to clear the ball.
The keeper was nowhere to serve the situation as he had already left his goal line to cut the cross.
The goal sent Nomads fans into wild celebration and inspired their players to hold on to the lead until the final whistle,
Wanderers assistant Coach Albert Mpinganjira told Nyasa Times: “It was a difficult game but our aim was to win and am happy we have achieved.”
He said they will keep the winning momentum.
Tigers coach Leo Mpulula refused to grant post-match interview.
This is the first defeat for Azam Tigers this season.
At the Nankhaka ground in Lilongwe, league leaders Blue Eagles suffered a humiliating 3-0 home defeat in the hands of Kamuzu Barracks in a Lilongwe derby.
Kamuzu Barracks slashed Eagles’ lead at the summit after goals from Harvey Nkacha, Steve Unyolo and Manase Chiyesa.
Still in Lilongwe, Civo United impressive run continued with a 2-0 beating of Mafco with goals from Maxwell Mwanyongo and Nelson Kangunje.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :