Nyerere trumped: Malawi TNM Super League

Written by  Yamikani Simutowe

League leaders Be Forward Wanderers' hopes to create eight-point gap got shuttered when they lost 2-1 away to second-placed Silver Strikers in a TNM Super League match played at Silver Stadium on Saturday.

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The encounter attracted a huge crowd, but failed to live to its billing save for some individual brilliance from the likes of Isaac Kaliati (Wanderers) and Mathews Sibale (Silver Strikers).

Wanderers coach Yasin Osman entrusted Richard Chipuwa with duty of manning the goal posts while Harry Nyirenda, Kondwani Lufeyo, Precious Sambani and Bongani Kaipa manned the defence.

 

Rafiq Mussa, Rafiq Namwera, Kaliati and Joseph Kamwendo started on the midfield with Esau Kanyenda and Peter Wadabwa paired as twin strikers.

While Blessings Kameza started on goals for the home side while Chisomo Mpachika, Yunusu Sherif, Trevor Kalema and Mike Robert marshalled the defence.

 

Blessings Tembo, Duncan Nyoni, Young Chimodzi Jnr and Binwell Katinji operated from the midfield with Green Harawa and Matthews Sibale leading the attacking machinery.

Wanderers, widely known as Nyerere or the Nomads, started the game on high note and their efforts bore fruits when Kanyenda gave the Nomads an early lead. He scored barely three minutes after the first whistle.

 

However, Sibale eclipsed the visitors celebrations when he connected home following a perfect delivery from Robert.

Robert dribbled past Wanderers defender Kaipa before chipping ball into the box.

 

Sibale doubled the lead two minutes into added time when he headed home Duncan Nyoni’s free kick.

In the second half, Wanderers made changes by throwing in Lucky Malata and Julius Kajembe for Lufeyo and Wadabwa.

 

The move paid dividend as Malata was made to clear the ball on the line twice from Blessings Tembo and Harawa’s efforts in the 51st and 53rd minutes.

Minutes laters, Wanderers pulled out Mussa for Yamikani Chester while the Bankers brought in Timothy Chitedze and Damiano Kunje for Katinji and Nyoni.

 

In the 69th minute Sibale and Namwera were given marching orders as they tried to manhandle each other.

Wanderers still top the 16-member-log table with 44 points from 19 games while Silver are second with 42 points from 20 games.

 

While Nomads supporters were bitterly burrying their faces in the sand following the defeat, it was a double celebrations for Nyasa Big Bullets fans; their team thumped Blantyre United 3-0 at MDC Ground and also grinned over Nomads' defeat.

 

Bullets scored through Chiukepo Msowoya, Muhammad Sulumba (brace) and Mike Mkwate.

At Balaka Stadium, Red Lions lost 0-1 to Civil Sporting who scored through Joseph Kachule.

 

Dwangwa United bagged three points registering a 2-0 home win over Chitipa United at Chitowe Stadium.

The sugar men scored through Patrick Macheso and enterprising midfielder Jack Chiona.

Likewise, Wizards FC claimed a 3-1 home win over Mzuni FC at Chiwembe in Blantyre.

 

Goals from Patrick Phiri and Misheck Botomani were enough for the hosts to bagged three points over Mzuni FC who got their consolation goal through Wakisa Mweninguwo.

Action will continue on Sunday as Wanderers will play away to Blue Eagles at Nankhaka Stadium; Mafco FC will host Chitipa United at Chitowe Stadium.

 

Azam Tigers and Mzuni F.C. face off at MDC Stadium while Moyale and Kamuzu Barracks battle it out at Mzuzu Stadium. 

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