A last gasp strike by midfielder Mike Kaziputa saved visiting giants Mighty Be Forward Wanderers alias Nyerere from imminent defeat at the hands of Epac FC, Njenjete Zaku Lilongwe who were all set to grab the maximum points as the two sides met in a TNM Super League encounter at Civo Stadium on Saturday, August 6, 2016.
Wanderers trailed the hosts following Anthony Banda’s second half strike but with just two minutes of added time remaining on the clock Kaziputa won the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box before releasing a thunderbolt which gave Epac goalkeeper Tione Tembo no chance.
Epac had themselves to blame for failing to cling to their slender lead, having resorted to delaying tactics instead of continuing with their attacking game that exposed the Nomads defence of Harry Nyirenda, Foster Namwera, Stanley Sanudi and Francis Mlimbika.
The Nomads were the first to get a goal- courtesy of their scoring machine Peter Wadabwa, who beat Tembo from close range on the half-hour.
Epac responded four minutes later through Fabiano Kapite, who capitalised on some casual defending by the Nomads central defence to beat goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa from close range.
After playing second fiddle to the Nomads in the first half, Epac were a completely changed side in the second half and it was the Wanderers’ rejected stone Banda, who grabbed the second for Njenjere a minute after resumption.
Njenjete continued terrorising the visitors defence after the goal, forcing Wanderers’ stand-in head coach Elia Kananji to pull out midfielder Felix Zulu for defender Bongani Kaipa.
With Epac and ganyu fans already on cloud nine, Kaziputa salvaged a point for the star-studded but unimpressive Nomads.
Epac coach Audlo Makonyola expressed disappointed with the final outcome.
“We had the full points in our back but loss of concentration at the very end cost us the game.
“I also thought the Wanderers player (Kaziputa) was in an off-side position but we are largely to blame for lack of concentration,” said Makonyola.
Kananji faulted his defence for giving away what he termed ‘easy goals’ to the opponents.
“We had a very good first half but after scoring the goal, there was a mix-up in our central defence, which resulted in Epac’s equaliser. The same happened after resumption and we had to push in an extra defender to stabilise the defence,” said Kananji.
Following the draw, Epac have concluded their first round assignments with 21 points from 16 games, three points behind the Nomads, who have moved from 23 to 24 points with a game against Mzuni remaining on their first round menu.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :