Steve Madeira: Charity Shield defeat hurts but it’s ‘wake-up call’

Be Forward Wanderers Team Manager Steve Madeira reckons his team’s defeat to rivals Nyasa Big Bullets could be a timely “wake-up call.”

The people’s team drew first blood this season by beating their neighbors 1-0 in Sunday’s curtain raiser to lift Ecobank Charity Shield for the fourth consecutive time.

Nyasa Big Bullets: Charity shield winners

And Madeira, speaking to the media soon after the final whistle, insisted the hurt of losing and memory of seeing Bullets lift the season’s first piece of silverware will drive his team on as they prepare to battle for the championship.

“It hurts. When you see them lifting the trophy, no matter if it’s a friendly or a Charity Shield, it’s a trophy at the end of the day.”

“If we won, we would have been too comfortable with the result, thinking all is well but this defeat will force us to rectify the mistakes we encountered during the defeat before kicking off the new season. We struggled a lot in the midfield because there was no coordination between Alfred Manyozo Jnr and Francis Mkonda who has just joined the club but if they play more games together, they will give us results,” he was quoted.

The Nomads were condemned to another defeat at the hands of their rivals after a fantastic strike by Chiukepo Msowoya in the second half of the match.

Bullets dominated the proceedings and they should have scored more goals but Wanderers had Richard Chipuwa to thank for his outstanding performance as he denied the 2018 TNM Super League champions clear cut goal scoring opportunities.

The new season kicks off on 14th April.