Premier Bet Wizards moved out of the relegation zone as Symon Singa strike helped them to victory over Kamuzu Barracks in the TNM Super League on Saturday at the water lodged MDC Stadium in Blantyre due to heavy rains.
With Civo United sharing points against Mzuni FC in Lilongwe, Wizards moved into 12th – a point above the Civil Servants and 14 points clear of Mtv Max Bullets, which is on the tail of the table.
The Chilomoni township based out-fit had been written off by pundits and even some of their fans had stopped believing but, on a rainy day at MDC, Wizards provided another twist in this fascinating Super League season.
Until the second half it had been an error-ridden display by Wizards , whose midfield were overrun by their visitors counterparts.
However, as they have in recent matches, Wizards improved tenfold after the break and it was their pint sized midfielder who caused the ground to erupt in the 58th minute when he cracked home a stunning shot which was too hot for Lemani Nthara to handle.
The soldiers, who missed the services of their hit-man Harvey Mkacha failed to tick, as they looked tired and dis-jointed from the midfield to upfront.
Things turned sour for the soldiers, when rains started as Wizards defended their lone goal in numbers.
Manase Chiyesa snaked through two defenders, but his last shot went wide to the relief of Peter Mponda in Wizards bench.
Substitute Kelvin Hanganda also looked assured in the final moments as Kamuzu Barracks flung in balls in a desperate attempt to get something from this encounter.
Towards the end of the game, Wizards were largely untroubled , but their insistence on slowing the tempo not only riled the home fans but also meant they under-utilised the pace they possessed in attack, which is their key weapon.
There were tears of jubilations after the last whistle, as fans chanted, ‘Wizards! Wizards!
In his remarks, Wizards coach Peter Mponda saluted his troops and assured their fans of more victories in their matches.
“The victory means a lot – it gives us momentum, confidence and a connection with the fans.Hopefully it will be the same against other teams ahead of us when we can avoid relegation and everyone will be happy,” said Mponda.
“For long periods we looked in control of the game, especially in the first half.
Kamuzu Barracks coach Billy Phambala conceded it was a tight game, but said they will be back in town in their next assignment.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :