Jeromy Kadewere – Nyasa Times
Mighty Be Forward Wanderers stuttering journey in the TNM Super League continued with Karonga United holding the Nomads to a 0-0 draw at the Mzuzu Stadium.
And some supporters reckon the blame for the officiating personnel’s, who were led by Dan Nsimuko.
On several occasion, Nsimuko and his two assistants were at loggerheads with the Nomads fans and players accused of incompetence and bias referering.
For instance, 10 minutes after the kick-off, Nsimuko sent the Nomads team manager Steve Madeira to the stands to the dismay of spectators.
At half time, it took close to 7 minutes for the officiating personnel’s to go to the dressing room, as furious Wanderers fans bayed for their blood.
In the field of play, the Nomads kicked-off the match on a positive note, as Isaac Kaliati’s shot kissed Karonga’s post.
As the rookies, were still looking uncomfortable, Khumbo Ng’ambi was a thorn to their defence with his pace.
On 13th minute, Ng’ambi exchanged passes with Kaliati before the final shot was too weak to pass Karonga’s goalkeeper.
Ng’ambi’s partner Peter Wadabwa was tightly marked by Karonga’s sweeper and could not blossom.
As the game reached on the boiling point, Karonga breathed fire towards the end of the first half, as they frustrated Wanderers with aerial balls.
The Nomads had a solid defence, which was led by Foster Namwera, compared with their previous game against Red Lions, when their back line was shaken.
In the last 45 minutes, Karonga came with new ideas, as they dominated the first 16 minutes before Wanderers responded.
The Nomads made a few changes bringing in Jaffali Chande and Amos Bello for Khumbo Ng’ambi and Ibrahim Sadic.
In the 60th minute, Chande nearly scored after his powerful header was cleared on the line by the Karonga keeper.
Nine minutes later, Bello also knocked on Karonga’s door snaking through two defenders but his last shot went over the bar.
The rookies exchanged six passes from the midfield up to the Nomads box, but poor finishing and lack of confidence failed them as the ball went wide.
With a few minutes before the last whistle, Karonga players could be seen encouraging each other to hold on for a point at least.
In post match interview, Wanderers team manager Steve Madeira blamed the referee for biasing towards Karonga United and urged Super League of Malawi to do something.
“I think it is better to use referees from Southern Region or central region to officiate games in Northern Region otherwise teams from South or Centre find it tough with referees here in Mzuzu,” he said.
Madeira also accused the referee of sending him to the stands insisting he did not use any abusive language, as it was alleged.
Karonga United coach Kondwani Mwafulirwa praised his charges for their fighting hard spirit and warned other big teams to expect huge mountain to climb against them.
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