Jaffalie Chande scored on his debut as Mighty Be Forward Wanderers eased through past Cobbe Barracks to the next round of the Presidential Football Cup at the Kamuzu Stadium on a Tuesday afternoon.
Chande who has been the centre of attention amongst soccer lovers recently following his move from Nyasa Big Bullets to their bitter rivals Wanderers came on as a second half substitute when the two teams were level at 1-1.
Wanderers began the match as the better side. No wonder veteran Peter Wadabwa scored the competition’s quickest goal so far with his first touch within the first minute of the first half after receiving a through ball from Rafiq Namwera.
However despite starting the match on a high, the Southern region premier league outfit were level sixteen minutes later with Fanuel Fukizi registering his name on the score-sheet.
Fukizi’s strike gave a glimmer of hope amongst Cobbe Barracks players who took the game into Wanderer’s half on several occasions but failed to convert their chances into goals.
Pressure started mounting on the Nomad’s bench and few minutes later they pulled off their Nigerian import Amos Bello for Jabulani Linje.
The early substitution didn’t bother Cobbe who finished the first half on a high.
However, soon after the recess, the long wait for Chande to make his Wanderers debut was due and Ted Sumani made way for the former Bullets mid-field mate. A few minutes later, Chande’s name became the toast amongst Wanderers supporters as he reminded them how he used to punish teams at the Kamuzu stadium while in Bullets colours last season.
The diminutive Chande jumped passed tall Cobbe defenders to score Wanderer’s second goal from an Isaac Kaliati’s cross setting celebrations amongst Wanderers supporters in the stands.
Peter Wadabwa then put the game to bed ten minutes before time scoring after a series of passes between Nomads players.
Despite making several efforts towards the last minutes of the game, Cobbe could not get the goals needed to keep them in the competition and it was 3-1 the final result in favour of the Wanderers to the delight of their Coach Jack Chamangwana who was full of praise for his players.
“My players deserve the victory because they fought from onset. Yes we had fatigue considering the game we played on Saturday against Bullets but we showed we are a better side and deserve to go through to the next level of the competition. We are focusing on the next game now and its CIVO in the TNM super league,” said Chamangwana.
Commenting on Chande’s performance, Chamangwana was full of praise for the former Bullets star.
“Everyone knows what he is made up of. He is dangerous both in the air and on the ground. The only thing remaining for him is match fitness and we are working on it during our trainings but overall he is very skillful,”Chamangwana said.
In his remarks, Cobbe Barracks Coach Tione Mhone congratulated Wanderers for winning the tie.
The former Zomba United Coach also said he was not bitter with the result but it will be homework for him as he prepares his team for the Southern region premier league kick-off.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :