A goal in the stoppage time from Mapopa Kaunda gave Mighty Be Forward Wanderers a 1-0 win over Airborne Rangers to slash champions Big Bullets’ lead to two points in the TNM Super League on Saturday .
Wanderers supporters at Kalulu Stadium in Nchalo erupted in wild scences of celebrations when Kaunda, who is fast turning into their saviour, struck the lone goal with two minutes to full time to earn the blues full three points.
The win also comes as a solace to the Nomads faithful after two consecutive losses to Silver (0-2) and Bullets (1-2).
Yes, they were rescued at times by a combination of last-gasp defending and outright good luck, but the ruthless manner of this added-time victory provides hope and momentum in equal measure for the Lali Lubani Road boys.
Nomads coach Elijah Kananji will take as much satisfaction from his team’s earlier resilience. For once, he was content to win ugly.
The Nomads are now two points behind Bullets and rre still on second position with 24 points from 12 games.
The Nomads kicked –off the game on a promising note, as Isaac Kaliat appeared to have made a decisive break behind Airborne defence in the 17th minute.
The visitors were being overrun in midfield and largely reduced to counter-attacks.
Airborne pressured the Nomads in the 35th minute. Asedi Ayami, formerly of Silver Strikers , dribbled past Stewart Gerald and Kondwani Lufeyo but just failed to deliver a telling pass.
The need to improve possession was being repeatedly stressed by Kananji on the touchline and, as the second-half unfolded, the message got through. Rafiqu Mussa and Isaac Kaliati began to see more of the ball, with Sulumba and then Kaunda forcing saves out of Airborne Rangers keeper.
In this encounter, the Nomads were without any recognized left-backs and Stewart Gerald was forced to come on as a makeshift solution.
Come second half, both teams tried hard to secure a goal but it took Mapopa Kaunda to score in the injury time to the satisfaction of the Nomads fans, who had travelled all the way from Blantyre to drum up support to their team.
At Silver Stadium in Lilongwe, Silver Strikers poor run continued when they suffered a second successive defeat, going down 2-3 to Blue Eagles.
Micium Mhone put Eagles ahead 14 minutes into the game from the penalty spot after Lucky Malata had fouled Junior Malidadi.
Peter Wadabwa levelled the scores eight minutes after resumption and Eagles reclaimed the lead through Junior Malidadi in the 59th minute.
Silver again retaliated through Green Harawa, who scored from the penalty spot after an Eagles defender had handled the ball in the box before Eagles truck the winner through Elia Kabingu in the 78th minute.
In Dedza, Civo’s revival continued when they beat Dedza Young Soccer Stars 3-1, their second successive win moving two steps up to 12th from 14th position with nine points from 10 games.
In Dwangwa, Mafco gave up a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 against Red Lions.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :