Champions Kamuzu Barracks started their title defence on a bad note as they fell 1-0 to Mighty Be Forward Wanderers during the official opening match for the 2017 TNM Super League season played at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
Substitute Julius Kajembe, a new recruit from Nkhatabay scored the lone goal on 75 minutes, when he headed in a cross from another substitute Jabulani Linje from close range.
The pint-sized striker, who was playing his first competitive game for the Nomads had just come in for Precious Sambani before claiming the vital away points for Wanderers.
Missing the services of injured strikers Peter Wadabwa, Ishmael Thindwa and Nigerian Amos Bello, the visitors from Blantyre were forced to make a change after restart as striker Precious Msosa was stretchered of the field of play after colliding with KB goalie Lehman Nthara.
Linje came on for the injured Msosa and provided the cross that resulted in the only goal of the match.
KB had also introduced Komani Msiska for former Silver Strikers forward Ndaona Daisi before throwing in their hit man Manase Chiesa for Diof Simaone but their substitutions did not bear any fruits.
Wanderers’ veteran coach Yasin Osman was delighted with the win, disclosing his plan was to contain the soldiers in the first half and take the game to them in the last half.
“KB are a very physical team and our plan was to contain them in the first half and take the game to them in the second half, which is exactly what we did.
“They were on top in the first half but we controlled the second half,” said Osman.
His KB counterpart Billy Phambala was too furious with defeat and walked straight to the dressing room without talking to journalists.
Elsewhere Dwangwa United utilised home ground advantage after edging new comers Masters Security 1-0 while Big Bullets drew 0-0 against Chitipa United.
Silver and Premier Bet Wizards played a goalless draw at Mulanje Park.