LILONGWE--Mighty ‘Nyerere’ Wanderers came to the capital city as proud league leaders but drove back to their base in Blantyre laying third on the TNM Super League standings, having failed to earn any point against Lilongwe sides Civo United and Kamuzu Barracks. The Nomads were on Sunday beaten 1-0 by new comers Kamuzu Barracks at Civo Stadium, where they had also fallen 3-2 at the hands of Civo theprevious day.
Striker Aaron Mikonje was hero of the day for the soldiers from army headquarters on Sunday as he struck in the 65th minute after tussling with Wanderers goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa in a one-on-one situation. Before the soldiers’ strike, Wanderers had an opportunity to score but Allan Kamanga’s header from a Joseph Kamwendo pin-point cross crashed against the post.Kamwendo was later replaced by Gomezgani Gondwe but the move never paid any dividend. KB coach Kennedy Nkhoma praised his charges for playing to instructions: “We had chances in the first half but we did not take them. At half time, I told the boys to remain focused and push for a goal to destabilize our opponents and we did exactly that,” said Nkhoma.
Wanderers’ Franco Ndawa had no explanation for the double loss just telling reporters that it was part of the game: “Nothing went wrong in my camp. This is just part of the game,” said Ndawa, adding the battle for the league title was still on. With the two loses, Wanderers have been pushed to the third position with 17 points from 10 games. Silver Strikers are back on top after registering a 3-0 victory against Kabwafu at Silver Stadium on the same day.
Civo are trailing the bankers on goal-difference although the civil servants have played two games more than their city rivals. Kamuzu Barracks have moved from 7th to 6th postion with 12 points from 10 league assignments.
In another Super League game played at Chitowe Stadium, Mafco thrashed Blue Eagles 4-1 to move from 11th to 9th position with 10 points from eight matches. The Eagles remain stuck on second position from the bottom with six points from seven games.
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