…..as Silver punish Dedza Reserve
Mighty Be Forward Wanderers thrashed Songani Veterans 7-0 in a game played at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Tuesday afternoon.
Fresh from a frustrating goalless draw against Civo United, the Nomads roared from the word go like a hungry lion as they demolished Songani veterans to advance to the 2016 Presidential Cup national phase.
The match started on an impressive note as Songani were playing some excellent football in the opening 10 minutes of the first half.
But it was the Nomads who were looking more dangerous on the attack as Amos Bello and Peter Wadabwa were receiving crosses from Jafali Chande, Rafique Namwera and Isaac Kaliati but the two strikers failed to convert the sets into goals.
Fifteen minutes into the first half, Wadabwa scored a beauty past Allan Chinyama the Songani Veteran goalkeeper to make it 1-0 in favour of the Blantyre based giants. A few minutes later, Isaac Kaliati doubled the home side’s lead.
After the goals, Songani veterans tried all they could to reduce the deficit but they failed to break the Nomads defence which was mounted by Boston Kabango, Foster Namwera, Ibrahim Sadiki and Stanley Sanudi.
On the half hour mark, Wadabwa completed his brace when he scored the third goal for the Nomads after he curved the ball over the head of Kanyama.
The Songani goalkeeper was called into action on several occasions as the Nomads were looking dangerously when attacking.
On 37 minutes, the keeper was again taking the ball from his net after failing to stop Mike Kaziputa’s 25 metre shot.
As the first half was going towards the end, the Songani keeper was called into action again but he was very alert this time as he denied Wadabwa from completing a hat-trick.
After the break, the Nomads coach Jack Chamangwana introduced Khumbo Ng’ambi and Ernest Tambe to replace Amos Bello and Peter Wadabwa respectively and the two immediately made an impact as they were playing some good passing football that completely exposed the Songani weak minded defence of Wilson Ntika, Chikumbutso Nsonkho, and Robert Chigundo.
Three minutes after the break, Khumbo Ng’ambi had a chance to increase the Nomads lead but his final touch betrayed him as he failed to tap in Kaziputa’s cross with the keeper already beaten.
The Nomads kept on pressurising and playing in the Songani area as Chande, Kaziputa, Namwera, Ng’ambi and Kaliati were combining well and showing their capabilities but the Songani Veterans keeper dealt well with the Nomads threats as he denied them on several times.
The visitors’ coach brought on Fenwick Mbane on the 22nd minute of the second half and he could have scored a consolation goal for the visitors after the Nomads defence was caught napping in the line of duty but he blasted his shot over the ball.
After the one hour mark, Ng’ambi scored the Nomads’ fifth goal and his first goal of the season before completing his brace on the 77th minute of the match to make it 6 nil in favour of the Lali Lubani side.
Three minutes later, Ng’ambi could have scored his third goal of the match but he was denied by the bar and Ernest Tambe missed from the rebound.
After that goal, the Nomads could have scored more goals as Kaliati, Kaziputa, Ng’ambi and Ernest Tambe kept on missing the target.
Chande then scored his second of the match in injury time and the game ended 7-0 in favour of the Nomads.
After the game, Chamangwana said he was impressed with his team’s performance especially in the second half and thanked his boys for the win.
The Nomads head coach added that today’s game will act as a motivation for their weekend game against Mafco and he will be looking for a win when his side take on the soldiers.
In other presidential cup results, Silver Strikers beat Dedza Young Soccer Reserve 5 nil, Epac fc thrashed Maganga 7-1 while Karonga United were knocked out of the cup by Rumphi Pirates who won 4-1.