Head coach for Be Forward Wanderers Eddie Ng’onamo hopes their 2-0 TNM Super League victory over Max Bullets on Wednesday can kick-start their title campaign.
The Nomads claimed just a third league win from 9 games as Jimmy Zakazaka and Jaffali Chande, who has returned from a month-long compassionate leave, secured a win at Kamuzu Stadium for the Blues to climb above their rivals Nyasa Big Bullets.
Wanderers have moved three places up in the table and have 14 points while Bullets have 13 points from eight games.
Ng’onamo now reckons there is an opportunity for Wanderers to build upon the win, firstly against Azam Tigers on Sunday.
“We are happy to win and relieved as well. Picking up three points has been a really good feeling,” said Ng’onamo who side have five draws and a loss on their record and three wins.
A week after they were booted out in the Presidential Cup by Moyale Barracks, the relief was clear for Nomads. They controlled the game with early possession before catching Max Bullets with a pair of swift strikes which rendered the contest a foregone conclusion.
The Nomads, welcoming their experienced goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa from Mozambique displayed some fancy football especially on the midfield where the combination of Rafiq Namwera and Rafiq Mussa was a marvel to watch.
In form midfielder Isaac Kaliat offered good balance on the right proved prophetic when the winger came inside and his low shot went in via the far post.
However, Max Bullets displayed some eye-catching moves in the 34th minute, when Mayeso Mphanje exchanged passes with Frazer Menyani but his shot was too weak to kiss the back of Chipuwa’s net.
Despite chasing the game in the second half, it took until 60th minute for Max Bullets to test Chipuwa, when the Nomads number one keeper made a fine double save to deny Menyani and Mphanje from low shots.
Until then, it had been a succession of wayward pops at goal and intricate, but not incisive, approach play.
Max Bullets should be applauded for their desire to pass the ball, create space and use the flanks but they lacked any presence up front.
Max Bullets coach Trevor Kajawa, speaking to Nyasa Times “We were slow out the blocks, which is unlike us. If you give a team like Wanderers time on the ball they will punish you.
“We were much-improved in the second half. We kept going, kept fighting. We got into some really good positions without the cutting edge we have had in recent weeks.”
He said team will go back to the drawing board to work on how they can earn maximum points in the next games.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :