Mighty ‘Nyerere’ Wanderers got the better of the Malawi champions Silver Strikers on Saturday at the giant Kamuzu Stadium in the commercial city, Blantyre beating them during 2012-2013 Presidential Cup launch.
In the presence of the Head of State, Bingu wa Mutharika, the Bankers kicked off the game on the high note with the likes of Harvey Nkacha, who controlled their midfield with a lion heartened heart.
Nkacha did not allow Nomads Nafe Msasa any room to manoeuvre in the entire 45 minutes of the game.
The Bankers could have scored more than three goals in the first 45 minutes but Wanderers goalkeeper Chipuwo was too good for Rodrick Gonani and Jelesi Mulima, keeping them at bay.
In water logged pitch after heavy downpour in the commercial city, the Bankers tried any formula to unlock the Nomads defence which was well marshalled by captain Foster ‘Zagaf’ Namwera, Allan Kamanga, Pililani Zonda and lion heartened Francis Mlimbika but to no avail.
Come second half, knowing that they were playing in front of the home fans, the Nomads changed the tempo of the game by putting their opponent on the tight rope.
The Nomads, through their engine room Joseph ‘Shakira’ Kamwendo displayed classic football that the Bankers were reduced to chasers of the ball.
The combination of Mlimbika and Kamwendo on the left frank gave Lucky Malata for the Bankers tough time that each time Kamwendo posses the ball he could be seen panic.
However, the Nomads scored through their right defender Pililani Zonda, after Kamwendo’s hard shot was saved by Silver’s goalkeeper Amadu Ali.
The Nomads, who are cup holders for Presidential received K1.5 million for being victors while the Bankers went away with K1 million.
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