A goal in each half from Moyale Barracks hit man Deus Nkutu destroyed Mighty Wanderers on Monday afternoon as the Mzuzu based soldiers emerged 2-0 victory at the Balaka Stadium.
Wanderers looked a better side as they knocked the ball around forcing the soldiers to involve themselves in more physical game conceding unnecessary fouls in the process.
The Nomads almost scored midway into the first half but Sparrow Msowoya’s shot missed the target by a whisker.
Jacob Ngwira had his free kick denied by the crossbar with Moyale keeper Macdonald Harawa already beaten.
Nkutu also had his shot hitting the wood work before he finally broke the deadlock in the 34th minute.
The Moyale striker power-packed shot was deflected into the net by Wanderers defender sending goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa the wrong way.
Wanderers made an immediate change after recess bringing in Victor Mpinganjira for Diverson Chilemba.
But it was Nkutu who again broke the hearts of Wanderers supporters when he blasted the ball into the net in the 46th minute.
He capitalised on a poor clearance from defender Kondwani Lufeyo.
The blues tried to make other substitutions bringing in Felix Kamwendo and Kondwani Kumwenda for Khumbo Ng’ambi and Bongani Kaipa respectively but they failed to make an impact.
After the match, Moyale Barracks head coach Nicolas Mhango could not hide his excitement and he praised his charges for a job well done.
“My players played very well, they defended well and they attacked well. It’s a deserved victory for us,” Mhango told Nyasa Times.
He however defended his players for being more physical by saying “football is a game of men that involve contacts”.
His opposite number Gerald Phiri described the result as a disappointing.
“Our strikers didn’t play well but all in all we have lost as a team and we are not blaming anyone.
“As you know we are not at a good position and losing points is a very bad thing,” Phiri said.
Meanwhile, the Nomads who are remaining with three games to finish the first round remain in the relegation zone.
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