Mighty Wanderers slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Blue Eagles at Nankhaka stadium in a Mother’s day TNM Super League encounter to continue their poor run against Lilongwe based side in the league.
The Nomads lost 3-2 to Civo United and 1-0 to Kamuzu Barracks in the first round, began the second round with a 1-1 draw against EPAC FC at Silver stadium the day before.
But any hopes of improving on the draw against EPAC quickly disappeared as the Police headquarters based side got off the blocks with a bang.
Charles Ngosi rose unmarked at the far post to powerfully head home the only goal of the game from a Benson Husane curling corner on the left flank.
The Nomads who shocked everybody at the stadium when chief supporter Yona Malunga breached the pitch fence to create an opening through which all players made their entrance to the ground, but never posed serious threat.
Joseph Kamwendo who came on as a half time substitute for Timothy Chitedze went the closest to scoring for the Wanderers but his long range free kick was tipped over by the home team keeper Duncan Mkandawire.
The Standard Bank champions made a wholesale of changes as some of their key players were playing a third game in three days following national team engagements and the EPAC game on Sunday, but it was visibly clear that the bulk of Nomads players were tired having had to play in Lilongwe for three weekends on the roll.
Team manager for Mighty Wanderers Chiyembekezo Zidana questioned Super League of Malawi (SULOM) decision to give ‘Nyerere’ as the Nomads are fondly known, two away games on the back of national team engagements when their rivals enjoyed same time off.
“Bullets have a game two days after the Malawi game, Silver are completely free, why is Wanderers playing two games and third game for players involved with the national side? Our players were very tired and could not perform,” said Zidana.
However, Blue Eagles coach Deklerk Msakakuona praised his team’s approach to the game saying the key was stopping Wanderers from stopping their usual game.
“It is great to start the second round of the league with the win. The early goal helped us a lot because it disturbed Wanderers’ game plan but overall, we were the better side than them and we deserved to win.
Wanderers had Moses Chavula, Joseph Kamwendo and captain Foster Namwera on national team duties while Blue Eagles had Steve Chagoma only. Blues Eagles had a day off on Sunday when the Nomads were playing EPAC which they drew 1-1.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :