Wanderers, Tigers draw in Blantyre derby: Malawi TNM Super League

Blantyre city rivals Mighty Wanderers Football Club came from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw against Azam Tigers at a less entertaining match played at the Balaka Stadium on Sunday 11th April, 2014.

This was the first competitive match to be played at the Balaka Stadium since the last day of last season’d K65 Million TNM Super League where a soccer fan was killed following a stampede which broke up in a game involving Mighty Wanderers and reigning champions Silver Strikers.

In Sunday’s game, Tigers looked a better side comparing to their opponents in the opening minutes of the game with some wonderful display led by their captain Malumbo Gondwe and Clement Ng’ombe whose top form earned him a man-of-the match award at the end.

Tigers goalkeeper giving instructions....Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Tigers goalkeeper giving instructions….Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Nomads left it late to salvage draw
Nomads left it late to salvage draw

The Nomads who featured Diverson Chilemba and Victor Mpinganjira up front managed to knock on Tigers goal for the 1st time in the 18th minute.

They however regained form towards the end of the first half.

In the second half, the Nomads looked a rejuvenated side but their hopes of taking the lead suffered a huge set back when referee of the day Ben Chongwa awarded Tigers a penalty after one of the nomad’s defenders handled the ball in the penalty box.

Bonda Mpinganjira made no mistake but to convert the spot kick beating Wanderers custodian Richard Chipuwa.

Sensing danger, Mighty Wanderers care taker coach made a double substitution bringing in Felix Kamwendo and Mapopa Kaunda replacing them with Omegadinho Mhone and Felix Kamwendo respectively.

They also later brought in Cuthbert Sinetre for defender Peter Mselema who had a bad afternoon.

On the other hand Tigers also made substitutions to beef up their defensive.

The substitutions seemed to have worked well for the Nomads as they increased pressure on Tigers defence.

They almost find an equalizer in the 79th minute when substitute Felix Kamwendo slotted into the box a nice set piece but his fellow substitute Mapopa Kaunda shot the ball wide.

Tigers defended jealously but lost concentration and were sloppy in last five minutes of added time to hand the Nomads an equalizer through Mike Kaziputa who connected in from close range.

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