Dwangwa United on Saturday frustrated Mighty Be Forward Wanderers when they came form behind to force a one-all draw at Kamuzu Stadium in the TNM Super League match.
Luka Milanzi put Wanderers ahead but Chifundo Tawiha’s goal towards the end of the first half was enough for the visitors to frustrate the home team.
The Nomads flattered to deceive for large spells against the sugarcane growing district based side, but took the lead through Milanzi in the 37th minute after an assist from Nigerian Amos Bello.
That was only their second shot on target in a turgid first period, and while Wanderers dominated possession, they struggled to create clear-cut opportunities against the rookies.
The game looked set to end with a 1-0 home win, but Chifundo Tawiha had other ideas, cutting in from the left flank and firing through a header past a sluggish Nenani Juwaye with not more than five minutes before the end of the first half.
However, Wanderers system of killing the wingers coasted them as their strikers were going deep on the midfield to search for balls.
For instance, there was no natural right winger, as coach Jack Chamangwana opted for right back Stanely Sanudi to run from defence to make crosses.
The same applied in the left flank, where Mike Kaziputa was restricted to make crosses as he operated deep in the midfield. This forced Francis Mlimbika to run from defence all the way to make crosses to strikers.
In the second half, both teams kicked-off the game on a slow pace, but the visitors had more scoring chances than the home team.
Another disadvantage for Dwangwa was lack experience upfront as their strikers was jittery inside the box.
There were also some questionable decisions from referee Fransesco Scover, who was on three years ban for poor officiation. He was equally bad on Saturday.
For instance, Scova denied the Nomads what could have been a penalty when Amos Bello was trickled down in the box.
He also ruled out what was to be a clear goal by Raqif Namwera.
No wonder after the game, some angry Nomads fans bayed for his blood.
Wanderers coach Jack Chamangwana described the outcome as bad but blamed his players for bad attitude.
“The attitude from my players let us down, otherwise we were supposed to kill off the game in the first half,” said Chamangwana.
Dwangwa coach Mc Donald ‘Nginde’ Mtetemera praised his charges for the draw and warned other teams to underrate them at their own risk.
On Sunday, Dwangwa will take on Max Bullets at Kamuzu Stadium.
2016 TNM LOG TABLE TEAM
1. Blue Eagles 2 2 6
2. Moyale Barracks 2 2 4
3. Wanderers 2 1 4
4. Azam Tigers 2 1 4
5. Mafco Fc 1 1 3
6. Red Lions 1 1 3
7. Nyasa Bullets 1 0 1
8. Kamuzu Barracks 2 2 1
9. Civo Utd 1 0 1
10. Max Bullets 1 0 1
11. Dwangwa Utd 2 1 1
12. Karonga Utd 0 0 0
13. Wizards Fc 0 0 0
14. Mzuni Fc 1 1 0
15. Epac Fc 2 2 0
16. Silver Strikers 2 2 0