After a string of unconvincing results, Mighty Be Forward Wanderers finally got it right as they edged fellow strugglers Civo United 2-1 in a match played at Civo Stadium on Mother’s Day, October 15, 2016.
Playing their first match under new coach Yasin ‘Teacher’ Osman and his deputy Bob Mpinganjira, who have stepped into the shoes of fired Eddington Ng’onamo and his deputy Elia Kananji, the Nomads put up a spirited performance in both halves and would have punished their hosts with a good margin had they been economical with their chances.
On the other hand, Civo, who are yet to register a league win after parting ways with former coach Milias ‘Jegwe’ Pofera were not up to the task as they kept retreating into their own half for the better part of the match.
After knocking on Civo’s door on several occasions, the Nomads got rewarded in the 40th minute, when stand-in captain Joseph Kamwendo beat Civo goalkeeper Duncan Mkandawire from a free kick on the edge of the 18-yard box.
After pep-talk, the Nomads brought in Nigerian striker Amos Bello for ineffective Genki Nakamura and the Nigerian was on target with his second touch of the ball after hammering home a loss ball from a failed scissors kick by Peter Wadabwa.
Nelson Kangunje reduced the arrears from Civo after 56 minutes but the Nomads’ three-man defence of Ted Suman, Bongani Kaipa and Stanley Sanudi stood firm to keep the score-line at 2-1.
The Nomads- suffered a major blow on the dot of full time when holding midfielder Felix Zulu was given a second yellow card by Fifa referee Duncan Lengani for faking injury.
In his post-match interview, Osman expressed satisfaction with the performance of his charges but lamented the missed opportunities.
“We could have won this game by a wider margin but we did not put our chances into good use. But the most important thing is that we have got the result and we now have to plan for tomorrow’s game against Kamuzu Barracks,” said Osman.
His counterpart Charles Manda said his boys gave too much respect to the Nomads in the first half but improved after being spoken to during half-time.
“We gave Wanderers too much respect in the first half but things improved in the second half after talking to the boys,” said Manda.
With the win Wanderers have now moved to sixth position with 32 points from 21 games and Civo remain stuck on 12thposition with 19 points from 21 games.
Elsewhere at Silver Stadium, Silver Strikers pummelled visiting Dwangwa United 3-0 to move to the top of the table with 40 points from 20 games.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :