Be Forward Wanderers produced a devastating first-half display to dismantle Karonga United 3-0 in the FISD Challenge Cup on Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Khumbo Ng’ambi took advantage of Hygine Mwendepeka’s error to race clear and lift a composed finish over Kingsley Phiri after 5 minutes, and Joseph Kamwendo completed a brilliant move with the second goal after a thunderous shot in the 24th minute.
Ng’ambi was at it again in the second half after he left William Gamuze trailing to expose the Crocodiles of Karonga on the counter-attack and steer home the Nomads third goal.
It was little more than damage limitation for Karonga, who were also pruned 4-0 on the same venue against the Nomads in the League match.
Wanderers , for all Karonga’s obvious frailties, were simply untouchable from back to front in a magnificent first 45 minutes that revived memories of their finest days.
The Nomads showed pace, skill, pressed Karonga into submission and probed weaknesses ruthlessly in the manner of a team at the top of its game.
This, however, was a magnificent exhibition of power, pace and end product, from the skills of Rafiq Namwera and Joseph Kamwendo in attack to the juggling of Jabulani Linje upfront and tackling of Stanley Sanudi at the back.
It was as complete an Wanderers performance as they have delivered for some time. Now can they build on the platform laid by this brilliant 90 minutes?
However, Karonga looked a dis-jointed squad and most of their players showed the signs of fatigue may be because of a long distance which they travelled.
Their captain Hygiene Mwendepeka had a miserable game but it was even worse for Pachalo Ngwira , who was kept in Bongani Kaipa’s pockets in the entire game.
Lawrence Mhozo does not have the energy , with Green Msowoya laboured and Nangaunogze Luhanga off the pace and substituted.
Wanderers featured a different squad, with a bunch of their key players sidelined due to injuries.
For instance, Peter Wadabwa, Foster Namwela, Jimmy Zakazaka, Jaffali Chande, Kondwani Lufeyo, Isaac Kaliati and Harry Nyirenda were all watched the game in the terraces.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :