Mighty Be Forward Wanderers had to wait for their new signing Peter Wadabwa to step in from the bench in the second half to score the all important goal which earned the nomads the
much needed three points against Central Region giants Silver Strikers at the Silver Stadium on
Wadabwa was introduced midway into the second half to replace former Civo United striker Jabulani Linje who joined the nomads last season. Silver Strikers were the first to score in the 10th minute through Duncan Nyoni’s free header from a Lucky Malata cross after he was left
totally unmarked by Wanderers defender.
The Central Bankers played their usual passing game as the nomads struggled to coordinate despite featuring the majority of their usual players.
The nomads featured Kondwani Lufeyo, Francis Mlimbika, Foster Namwera and Stanly Sanudi in defence while Patrick Gunde, Luka Milanzi, Rafiq Mussa and Mike Kaziputa were thrown into the midfield.
Jabulani Linje and Nigerian Belloshingo Amos were handed the responsibility of terrorising the Bankers defence. The Central Bankers featured the majority of new and inexperienced players with only Wonder Jeremani, Lucky Malata and sustitute Blessings Tembo from last season’s squad.
In the 30th minute, a well delivered cross was droped into Silvers penalty box but was not well cleared. The ball landed on the foot of defender Francis Mlimbika who blasted the ball home beating silver goal custodian Blessings Kameza following a goal mouth scramble.
Thereafter, the nomads started to breathe fire and the inexperienced Silver squad couldnt cope up with the heat. However, they fought had to end the first half with both sides tied at 1-1.
In the second half, Wanderers looked menace whenever they launched a counter attack thanks to a wonderful display from Milanzi, Mussa and Sanudi who produced some nice overlapping attacks on the right flank.
The introduction of Wadabwa and Rafiq Namwera totally disturbed the Bankers. Just seconds after Wanderers Nigerian striker Amos was introduced, he delivered into the box a fantastic pass to substitute Wadabwa who made no mistake but to connect the ball home to give his side the lead.
Then, it was nomads all over as they turned the game into a training session knocking the ball around to the delight of their supporters who kept on dancing and chanting throughout the match.
After the match, Silver Strikers Coach Lovemore Fazili conceded the defeat and admitted his side came second best more especially in the second half. He pointed out the striking force as the weakest department of the day.
“We lacked creativity upfront and we failed to create chances and we again struggled in the midfield. All in all we have lost but we have a good squad and we hope to do better in our next
games” said dejected Fazili.
Wanderers Assistant Coach Elia Kananji gave praise to heaven as well as his players for a job well done.
“We thank God for the victory today and we also thank the boys for their hard work. We struggled in the first half but after the break we had a different game all together” said Kananji.
According to Kananji, if they continue the way they started by stopping fellow giants, they will surely fulfill their dream of winning the league.
“A team which beats fellow giants always stands a better chance of winning the league and that is what we have just started,” he said.
In other matches, Blue Eagles beat new comers Dwangwa United 1-0 at the Chitowe Stadium while at the Kamuzu Stadium; rookies Max Bullets twice gave away lead to draw 2-2 against Azam Tigers.
At the Balaka Stadium, Red Lions started the league on a positive note after beating Epac 1-0.