Wizards Football Club began their new lease of life in the TNM Super League with a vital victory over Red Lions at the Kamuzu Stadium on a Monday afternoon.
Patrick Phiri’s strike soon after the recess was enough to seal maximum points for the Peter Mponda charges as they reminded a sizeable crowd that came to watch the game at Kamuzu Stadium their one touch football.
Despite selling five key players to the country’s top teams, Wizards formerly FISD Wizards began the game as the hungriest team compared to the Zomba based soldiers who seem to have lost touch in their previous two games. Wizard had most shots on goal by the end of the first 45 minutes as compared to Red Lions.
Soon after the recess, Wizards were one-nil up curtsy of Patrick Phiri’s goal after a series of passes. Blessings Phiri could have added a second three minutes later but his efforts were blocked by Lions goalkeeper Jacob Kaunda. Kaunda was on the rescue again a minute later serving a short from Trevor Kalema.
Lions started panicking after the hour mark with Loti Chawinga and Bonface Kaulesi being denied shooting chances by a resilient Wizards defense. After the match, Wizards Technical Director Peter Mponda said he was happy with the way his players played the game.
“Slowly but sure my boys are coming of age now. They showed it with the way they fought against a strong team. We lost our second leg match having drawn in the first leg with the same team last season and this was the right way to revenge. I am happy with the way we have began our journey but it’s a long way to go and there’s still a lot of work to do,” said Mponda.
Commenting on assertions that his team won’t be the same having sold key players, the former Flames international said he still believes in the squad he has.
“I know most people thought we would lose touch having sold some key players to other super league teams but this won’t be the case. I believe in the players I have plus a few additions that we are yet to finalize. Then people can judge us on results,” Mponda said.
Reports which Nyasa Times have established shows that Wizards are chasing for the signatures of Eneya Banda who was released by Nyasa Big Bullets, Jacob Ngwira and Cuthbert Sinetre who were released by Mighty Be Forward Wanderers.
Wizards next assignment in the league sees them travel to the capital city to face Silver Strikers and Kamuzu Barracks.