50 Points: Nomads go eight points clear

Wanderers opened up an eight point gap.

Be Forward Wanderers opened up an eight point gap over second placed Silver Strikers with a 1-0 victory over Premier Bet Wizards to reach the 50 point mark.

With Wizards controlling ball possession, it was Jafali Chande who separated boys from men with a fantastic goal after being set through by Esau Kanyenda.

The Nomads welcomed back some of their stars who missed last week’s outing to the Central and Northern Regions through injury or suspension.

The league leaders were attacking from all angles but Francis Nkanda in goals for the minnows was too stubborn as he kept his side into the game with some stunning saves.

However, the Nomads were able to break the deadlock on 26th minute when Joseph Kamwendo exchanged passes with Kanyenda to release Chande, who dribbled last two defenders before slotting the ball into the net, 1-0.

The visitors were able to keep possession but to unlock Wanderers’ defence proved too difficult as Richard Chipuwa was hardly troubled in goals for the home team.

Come second half, Misheck Botomani was on course to find the back of the net but Chipuwa came to the rescue with a fine save when Wizards players were almost certain that the ball was in.

Moments later, Patrick Phiri wasted a glorious opportunity when he was found unmarked inside Nomads half only to drive his effort over the cross bar.

At the other end, Kanyenda forced his way into Wizards’ half before setting up Isaac Kaliyati who failed to score with the goalkeeper already beaten.

The minnows tried their level best to force something out of the game but Nomads defense stood firm to collect maximum points as they are striving to end their TNM Super League drought.

In other matches, Moyale Barracks piled more misery on relegation bound Blantyre United with a comfortable 4-1 victory to move up to 5th in the standings.

Goals from Suwedi Limbani, Clifford Fukizi, Chamveka Gwetsani and an own goal from the hosts ensured maximum points to the Mzuzu based Soldiers who will play Nyasa Big Bullets on Sunday.

At Civo Stadium, Mude Jeffrey, Sammy Chiponda and Kelvin Hanganda were all on target as the defending champions dismantled Blue Eagles to move into the top 8 of the standings for the first time this season.
The defeat leaves Eagles on 7th position with 32 points from 21 games.

At Karonga Stadium, Chitipa United and Masters Security played out to a 1-all draw while MAFCO’s resurgence continued with a 1-0 victory over struggling Red Lions to move into 4th position with 34 points.

As for the Zomba based Soldiers, the latest defeat leaves them on 13th position but they are not in the drop zone due to superior goal difference.