EPAC FC and Standard Bank Cup champions Mighty Wanderers played to a thrilling 1-1 draw in the TNM Super League campaign on Saturday at the start of the second round.
The game got off to a lively start with Wanderers shading the possession but EPAC also creating some problems.
Mighty Wanderers suffered a huge blow in the 30th minute when they were forced to make a double substitution bringing in Vales Kamzere in goals and former Flames international Allan Kamanga replacing injured keeper Richard Chipuwa and defender Bongani Kaipa.
Chipuwa got injured following a goal mouth scramble after Epac pilled pressure on the Nomads.
In the 38th minute, referee Patrick Ngoleka awarded the Nomads a penalty after Epac defender Bright Phiri brought down Nomads new boy, Mapopa Msuwkwa signed from Azam.
Without any mistake Flames international Joseph ‘Shakira’ Kamwendo converted the spot kick beating advanced Epac keeper Jailosi Kapalamula.
In the second half, Epac F.C looked a rejuvinated side as they went on offensive from the word goal.
Ishmael Thindwa led Epac’s attacking machinery with Jaffalie Chande and Musa Manyenje producing fierce moves.
Mighty Wanderes survived scare on several occassion thanks to Allan Kamanga who kept frustrating EPAC’s best moves.
Credits should also go to Epac keeper Jailos Kapalamula who produced spectacular save to deny Wanderers more goals.
Wanderers were then stunned five minutes before full regulation time when Musa Manyenje scored from close range after receiving a pass from Jafali Chande.
Epac coach Abbas Makawa hailed his charges for the wonderful perfomance and playing according to instructions.
“Let me salute the boys for for playing according to instructions. It was a tough match but they faught to the end,” said Makawa.
His opposite number Felix Fosko and the entire Wanderers technical team refused to comment immediately after the match.
In Mzuzu, Kabwafu started the second round on a perfect note beating Bvumbwe research 3-2.
There were baren draws in games involving Red Lions and Escom, also that of Mafco and Kamuzu Barracks.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :