Peter Wadabwa was the hero of the day for Mighty Be Forward Wanderers after scoring a brace to help the club beat Red Lions 3-1 on Saturday afternoon at Kamuzu stadium in Blantyre.
The striker netted a goal in each half before Isaac Kaliati added a third for the Nomads. Kumbukani Mwambeni later pulled a goal back for the soldiers.
Wanderers coach Eddington Ng’onamo made only two changes to the side that beat Mtv Max Bullets 2-1 in the Presidential Cup in a midweek fixture at the same venue and it worked for the Lali Lubani boys as they were able to break the soldiers’ defence on several occasions.
One bright spark for the Nomads was the performance of Ernest Tambe who was displaying good passing football in the centre as he combined well with Rafique Namwera, Mike Kaziputa, and Isaac Kaliati to create moves for Wadabwa upfront.
Red Lions were seen to be frequently losing the ball in dangerous areas, with Mphatso Ngwira and Chikondi Sanudi particularly culpable, and only a lack of incision in the box denied the Nomads from scoring many goals.
The Nomads however took the lead in the first half when Wadabwa scored a beauty before Jimmy Zakazaka failed to double the lead 3 minutes later as his shot struck the woodwork.
On the half hour mark, Wadabwa scored the Nomads’ second after he was well set by Isaac Kaliati and a minute later Kaliati turned from provider to scorer when he scored Nomads’ third of the afternoon after he received a through ball from Wadabwa.
Four minutes later, Kumbukani Mwambeni scored Red Lions’ consolation goal after he headed in a free kick which was played outside the penalty area and it was 3-1 in favour of the Nomads.
The soldiers tried all they could to get back into the game but the Nomads defended well and the game ended 3-1.
The result means the Nomads have registered their first home win in the league this season.
After the game, Red Lions coach Pritchard Mwanza conceded defeat and said his defenders cost them the game as they made a lot of mistakes that helped the Nomads to score.
On his part, Wanderers coach Ng’onamo was happy with the win and said his players played well and created a lot of chances.