Mighty ‘Nyerere’ Wanderers returned back at their base Kamuzu Stadium with a bang after beating Blantyre United 2-0 in the elite TNM Super League on Saturday to push their bid for the title.
The Nomads were banned to use the stadium at the beginning of the season after their supporters were involved in violence acts during their match against Red Lions. It was this month when the Super League of Malawi lifted the ban on the Lali Lubani Road boys.
In Saturday’s encounter, which was played on the wet pitch after heavy rainfall in the commercial city of Malawi, Blantyre, the Nomads kicked off the game on a high note with the likes of Francis Mlimbika, Foster ‘Zagaf’ Namwera, Cuthbert Sinetre and Gerald Yellow man Phiri (Jnr) displaying classic football.
The Nomads, who are now on the third slot with 45 points from 27 games, could have opened the score sheet in the first 16 minutes but Anthony Banda failed to hit on the target several times.
With the help of their vocal fans on the southern stands, the Nomads tried several times to kiss the net but Blantyre United goalkeeper kept them on bay.
However, Blantyre United also popularly known as ‘Mphembedzu zaku Blantyre” changed the tempo of the game when they invaded the Nomads defence several times.
Players like Jimmy Chikulekule nearly scored for Blantyre but thanks to Nomads goalkeeper who saved on the goal line.
As the two teams were going for recess it was still goalless.
Nomads piled up more pressure after the interval that Anthony Banda’s cross from the right wing found Gerald ‘Yellowman’ Phiri, who did not even struggle to score before Anthony Banda
nailed the last nail on United’s coffin.
Immediately after the referee brew the last whistle to mark the end of the game, Nomads supporters chanted, “Pa Kamuzu ndipa home, pa Kamuzu ndipa home! Nyerere zakokera mphembedzu kuwuna”.
Nomad’s coach Franco Ndawa commended his boys for the job well done.
“I must thank my boys for working hard because our victory means that we are still in contention for the title.”
His counterpart for Blantyre United Steven Mbulanje conceded that it was not their day but surprised many people when he also described their loss to fatigue as if they had a game on the previous day.
In Area 47, Silver Strikers were a better side to Moyale Barracks as they won 4-1. The Bankers, who have 45 points from 27 games scored through Asedi Ayami and Frank Banda with a brace each.
The Bankers assistant mentor Hellings Mwakasungula was excited with the results describing it as a stepping stone to the Promised Land.
“We are now almost there and we have just to win against Escom United in our last game and pray Wanderers and Civo slip up in their last games,” said Mwakasungula.
However, Moyale Barracks coach Nicolas Mhango blamed the pitch for their defeat.
“The pitch was not in good condition after rains in Lilongwe otherwise we failed to play our usual game.”
In the old capital city, visiting Civo United pilled pressure on the league defending champions Escom United as they went on to demolish Cobbe Barracks 4-2 in Zomba.
The Civil Servants, who are on fourth place with 44 points from 26 games scored their goals courtesy of Lazarus Chirwa and Nelson Kangunje with a brace each while the Zomba based soldiers netted their scores through Moses Nankumba and Isaac Nankapa.
Civo United coach ‘Sir’ Alex Masanjala conceded that it was not over until it is over in their two remaining games against Zomba United on Sunday and Big Bullets next week.
“The League is going tough and tough as it draws closer to the end. Our aim is to win the remaining two games because doing so we will stand a better chance than the rest of the teams,” said Masanjala.
In Dwangwa, Mafco added woes on Azam Tigers coach Leo Mpulura as they won by a goal to nothing.
Hassani ‘Anganga’ Chapola was a hero for the Salima based Soldiers as he was responsible for the winning goal.
Saturday, 21 January, 2012 TNM Super League Results
-Mighty Wanderers 2 vs Blantyre United 0 @ Kamuzu Stadium
-Silver Strikers 4 vs Moyale Barracks 1 @ Silver Stadium
-Mafco fc 1 vs Azam Tigers [email protected] Chitowe Stadium.
-Civo United 4 vs Cobbe Barracks 2 @ Zomba Ground
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