Mighty Wanderers met their first Super League second round equals in Azam Tigers on Saturday when the Kau-Kau Boys beat them 1-0 in a thrilling match at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.
The Nomads who were fresh from their last week’s successful results after beating Mafco FC 3-0 on the same venue, looked all set for another walkover but Bright Munthali proved them wrong with a spectacular goal.
The goal was a result of fancy footwork by Stanley Sanudi , who danced his way among the unsettled Nomads defenders to plant it for Munthali, who headed in sending Bester Phiri on the wrong side.
The Nomads, who welcomed back their coach Gerald Phiri from the Junior Flames assignment tried to secure an equalizer but the concrete which was mounted by man of the match Boston Kabango was too solid for Khumbo Ng’ambi and Mapopa Kaunda to break.
The absence of left back, Francis Mlimbika for the Nomads was conspicious as Tigers through Isaac Kaliati enjoyed most of the ball possession on the left flank.
Despite making several changes like bringing in Victor Mpinganjira, Patrick Gunde and Kondwani Kumwenda for Dave Chadewa, Sparrow Msowoya and Cuthbert Sinetre, the Nomads were a dis-jointed team.
Tigers strength was in their defence, where Kabango and Stanely Sanudi did a recommendable job to outplay Ng’ambi and Kaunda.
After the match some Nomads fans bayed for coach Phiri’s head as they chanted, “ Achoke! Achoke”.
In his post match interview Phiri admitted that it was not an easy game but urged the Nomads fans not to press the panic button.
“We lacked coordination and ended up conceding that goal. My plea to our fans is to hold their patience because we still have more games to come,” he said.
Azam Tigers, who played without their coach Franco Ndawa, who is in Mali with the Flames spoke through Robin Alufandika.
Alufandika hailed his boys for their “sweet victory” and vowed to continue with the winning streak.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :