Jaffali Chande scored again from the bench for Mighty Be Forward Wanderers as the Nomads piled more misery on TNM Super League returnees threatened side Wizards FC with a 4-0 victory on Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium.
Coach Eding’ton Ng’onamo was without reliable central defender Boston Kabango, who was serving two yellow cards, but he was not missed as his side romped to an emphatic win at Wizards.
Midfielder maestro Rafiq Mussa opened the score sheet, while goals from Chande, Francis Mlimbika and Peter Wadabwa sealed their triumph in the second half.
To make matters worse, Wizards had their coach Peter Mponda missing on the touchline as he was reported to have gone for a funeral at his home village in Salima. Mac Donald Yobe took charge as stand-in.
The victory for the Nomads kept alive their faith to win the league this season, after a disappointing start in the early stages of the season, in which they registered too many draws and one loss against Mafco FC.
When the game eventually stirred to life after a lacklustre opening 10 minutes, the Nomads went close to gaining an early advantage as Amos Bello’s curled narrowly wide.
In response, Benard Chimayimba gave Wanderers goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa something to think about with an effort from distance.
However, the writing was on the wall for Wizards though, and the Nomads duly went in front with a well-worked move seconds into kick-off with Rafiq Mussa on the score sheet.
Few minutes after they scored, there was some neat footwork by Rafiq Namwera, Mike Kaziputa picked out the overlapping Francis Mlimbika and his low cross was swept past Wizards defenders but the ball went wide.
As if to sum up Wizards wretched luck, Wanderers then benefited from a moment of good fortune when Jimmy Chikulekule’s attempted clearance cannoned off Chimayimba, only to land in the grateful arms of Chipuwa.
On recess time it was 1-0 with the Nomads on the lead.
A second goal seemed on the cards as Wizards keeper came to his side rescue with a last-gasp save to deny Wadabwa after he had been released by Rafiq Namwera.
The Nomads second goal arrived in first 10 minutes of the second half through Chande. The versatile midfielder was not going to let the opportunity to make his mark and neatly tucked across a pass from Namwera.
Wizards were dealt another blow a few minutes after conceding Chande’s goal, and it was left back Francis Mlimbika who scored the third goal through a long range.
The Nomads captain burst down the left and played a neat one-two with Mike Kaziputa before providing a cut-back that enabled Mlimbika to score from close range.
The Nomads fans, who were on cloud nine chanted ” Nyerere, Nyerere “, as their side took an even firmer grip on the game.
Then it was the turn of Peter Wadabwa, who scored his seventh league goal for the Nomads on a spot kick, after Stanely Sanudi was brought down inside the box.
However, the whole stadium went wild when the Nomads introduced Japanese based Genki Nakamula who had a fantastic performance with his accurate passes.
Nakamura twice came close to scoring but his efforts could not just head any closer to the Wizards net.
In post match interviews, Wanderers coach Eding’ton Ng’onamo saluted his boys and emphasized that his team has gelled now.
“Going four games without a defeat is not a joke, and let me salute my boys because they have gelled and our fans should expect more than this,” said Ngonamo.
Wizards stand-in coach Mac Donald Yobe conceded the defeat and said his boys failed to tick.
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