Mighty Wanderers’ emegregence from their festive slump continued as they inflicted a serious blow to Silver Strikers TNM Super League title challenge, beating them narrowly 1-0 at their own backyard.
It was also another sad day for Silver’s neoighbours, Civo Service United, who were defeated by a resolute Azam Tigers.
A single Anthony Banda’s goal proved just enough to beat Silver, the bankers.
The Nomads, who missed the services of their four key players in the likes of Joseph ‘Shakira’ Kamwendo, Nafe Msasa, Diverson Chilemba and Bongani Kaipa kicked off the game on a slow pace as the Bankers dominated the first 15 minutes and had the best of early chances.
The Bankers could have opened the score board through Kelvin Mkandawire’s decent effort but Nomad’s goalkeeper Richard Chipungu dud well to keep out.
The Nomads picked up their ryhtm in the 20 minutes and were quickest out of the blocks with Alfred Manyozo controlling the midfield.
On the back line, Nomads mentor Franco Ndau featured probably man of the match Foster ‘Zagaf’ Namwera, Allan Kamanga, Pilirani Zonda and no nonsense Francis Mlimbika.
Banda left it late in the first half to score connecting a well taken shot from Gerald Junior Phiri which hits the bar. He kept his composure to slot the ball ast Silver goalie.
The Bankers could have equalized in the second half but the combination of Namwera and Mlimbika was solid that even Rodrick Gonani could not penetrate it.
After substituting Peter ‘Pido’ Pindani for Asedi Ayami, the Bankers midfield could not tick until the final whistle.
After the game the Nomads bus was escorted up to their lodging place with a crowd of their supporters while chanting ‘Nyerere zakokera cheke cha boma cha reserve Bank kuwuna’.
Nomads coach Franco Ndau was delighted with the outcome of the game. He said it is a stepping stone to their ambition of clinching the title.
“We still have chances to clinch the title and its not over until it is over. We will soldier on until we fulfill our ambition,” Ndau told Nyasa Times.
Silver Strikers assistant coach Thom Nkorongo was dissolutioned.
“It was not our day but we will fight on until our last game,” he said.
In another thrilling encounter at Kamuzu Stadium, Civo United lost 0-1 to Azam Tigers.
The Kau-Kau boys netted their lone goal courtesy of Timothy Chitedze.
In Zomba derby, Red Lions won 2-1 to Zomba United.
The Soldiers scored through Manuel Banda and Sunganani Msiska while Manase Chiyesa scored for Zomba.
In Mzuzu, visiting Blue Eagles won 4-2 to Embangweni United.
# Team P GD Pts
1 Escom 27 13 47
2 Silver 26 28 42
3 BT Utd 26 10 42
4 Blue E 27 0 42
5 Noma 25 9 41
6 Civo 25 8 41