Peter Wadabwa was the hero of the day as Be Forward Wanderers beat Azam Tigers 2-0 at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The match started on a fast pace as both the Kau Kau Boys and the Nomads were looking for an early goal.
Ten minutes into the game the Nomads started building some momentum as they started showcasing some brilliant football to the spectators that gathered at the Kamuzu Stadium.
Midway through the first half Nomads veteran Valesi Kamzere was the team’s hero when he produced an excellent save to deny Azam Tigers from taking the lead.
A few minutes later, Wadabwa put the Nomads ahead after Azam Tigers defenders were caught napping in the line of duty. From that point, the 2016 Carlsberg Cup champions kept on dominating possession as Jabulani Linje and Wadabwa were combining well and had a couple of chances to increase their club’s lead but they lacked the killer punch.
As the game was going towards the break, Tigers looked the better side as they were in search for an equaliser.
However, the Nomads defence led by Bongani Kaipa defended jealously and the first half ended 1 nil in favour of the Lali Lubani Boys.
After the break, both sides came in with fresh ideas as they were all looking for early second half goals but it was Yasin Osman’s ideas which worked as the Nomads kept on dominating possession. Midway through the second half, the Nomads were awarded a penalty after Linje was fouled in the box and the club’s top goalscorer Wadabwa stepped up for the challenge and made no mistake but to score his second goal of the afternoon.
After that goal, Azam Tigers started building some momentum when Yamikani Chester was combining well with Peter Cholopi and Bright Munthali.
As the game was going towards the end both Tigers and Nomads continued demonstrating good football as they were all in search for their vital goals but they failed to add to the scoreline and 2-0 it ended in favour of the Nomads.
Speaking to the media after the game, Nomads team manager Steve Madeira said he was happy with the win and thanked his boys for the job well done whereas Azam Tigers technical director Robin Alufandika conceded defeat.