Be Forward Wanderers coach Elia Kananji says the Easter friendly games against Civo United and Mafco in Lilongwe have assisted him and his technical staff know exactly where the team stands ahead of the new TNM Super League season.
The Nomads were in the capital over the Easter festive during which they managed a 2-1 win against Civo before settling for a 1-all draw against Salima based soldiers Mafco. In both games, which were played at Civo Stadium, the Nomads had to fight from behind after trailing in the first 45 minutes.
Summarising the visit, Kananji said the friendlies have helped him and his technical team spot the strengths and weaknesses in his squad.
“The rebuilding exercise at Wanderers is not over yet. We are still trying to see the areas we have to work on and the two games have given us good food for thought, said Kananji, who was only roped in as Wanderers head coach during the off-season after falling out of grace with his former team Big Bullets.
On the positives, Kananji said he was happy that his charges were able to fight from behind. He, however, said he would love to see his charges going flat out from the first whistle.
“Our first half performances in both games were poor and it was only after talking to the boys at half time that we were seeing positive changes.
“It’s not always healthy to fight from behind. Next time we may not be able to come back,” said the Nomads head coach.
Against Civo on Saturday, the Nomads trailed to a Jabulani Linje first half strike before impressive Muhamad Sulumba, formerly of Blantyre United levelled in the second half.
Substitute Kondwani Kumwenda won the game for the visitors when he headed in a corner kick by former Epac player Ibrahim Sadik.
On Sunday, Richard Mbulu took Mafco in front after some poor defending by Wanderers’ central defence before Sulumba turned saviour again with a powerful header of a Mike Kaziputa cross.