…as Chande scores on his debut
Peter Wadabwa scored a brace as Mighty Be Forward Wanderers thumped Cobbe Barracks 3-1 at Kamuzu Stadium to move into the second round of the Presidential Cup regional playoffs.
The Nomads took the lead 30 seconds into the first half through Peter Wadabwa after he tapped in a well driven in cross from the Nomads right back Stanley Sanudi but Fanuel Fukizi levelled for the visitors in the 20th minute of the first half.
Jack Chamangwana made only one change to the side that held Nyasa Big Bullets last Saturday, and the team showed a disjointed performance for most of the first half as the Nomads were failing to demolish the midfield of Cobbe Barracks led by Josam Nkholiyo and Raphael Phiri.
Despite the Nomads failing to display good football, Cobbe were sorely lacking going forward with the likes of Thoko Banda and Patrick Luhanga struggling to make an impression as the Nomads defended well. And the first half ended in a one all draw.
Time and time again Cobbe Barracks conspired to lose the ball in dangerous areas, with William Chiumia and Edson Mapira particularly culpable, and only a lack of incision in the final touch stopped the Nomads from taking the lead sooner after the restart of the second half.
Five minutes into the second half the Nomads coach Jack Chamangwana introduced Jafali Chande to make his debut for the Nomads when he substituted Ted Sumani and the former Bullets man only played for 8 minutes before registering his name on the scoresheet to make it 2-1 in favour of Wanderers.
Chande’s goal came in the 13th minute of the second half when he headed in a cross from the left by Stanley Sanudi.
After that goal, the Nomads kept on dominating possession as Isaac Kaliati was combining well with the likes of Peter Wadabwa, Jafali Chande and Jabulani Linje and they were attacking the soldiers’ goal seriously but Cobbe defended well as they did not allow the Nomads to increase their lead.
After the one hour mark, it was Wadabwa again who completed his brace after beating the Cobbe Barracks goalkeeper and played his shot into the empty Cobbe goal after he received a through ball from Isaac Kaliati.
As the game was going towards the end, Wadabwa could have scored his third goal of the match but his shot passed on the face of the Cobbe Barracks goal post and the game ended 3-1 in favour of the Nomads.
After the game, Jack Chamangwana said he was happy with the result and praised Chande for scoring on his debut.
Whereas his opposite number the Cobbe Barracks coach thanked his boys for putting a gallant fight.
He said that all is not lost even though they are out of the Presidential Cup as they will concentrate on the Master Security League which will start this weekend.