Written by LEONARD SHARA
LILONGWE--Fresh from their Standard Bank Cup final triumph over Silver Strikers at Silver Stadium last week, Mighty Wanderers have found the going tough in the capital city, earning just a single point from their two away assignments against Epac FC and Blue Eagles.
The Nomads were on Sunday, October 14, 2012 held to a one-all draw by Epac before succumbing to a 1-0 defeat against Blue Eagles at Nankhaka Ground in Area 30 this afternoon.
Striker Charles Ngosi netted the lone strike at Nankhaka 10 minutes into the game following a corner kick by Ben Hojani.
Goalkeeper Valence Kamzere, who was standing in for injured Chipuwa was definitely to blame for the goal, having failed to cut the ball from Hojani’s harmless corner kick.
Chipuwa got injured after crashing against an Epac player at Silver and was replaced by Kamzere, who was also on call against the cops.
Coach Felix Fosco blamed the Nomads’ poor show in the capital on fatigue: “Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has not been fair to our team. You cannot travel 300 kilometres for three consecutive weeks fulfilling tough away fixtures and expect to win all the games.
“The boys were completely worn out and the injuries we have sustained are also a result of fatigue,” said Fosco.
Apart from losing the goalkeeper and defender Wongani Kaipa to injuries on Sunday, the Nomads’ mentor was also forced to rest key players like Joseph Kamwendo and Moses Chavula, who featured for the Flames against Ghana’s Black Stars on Saturday, October 13, 2012.
Kamwendo was used as a second half substitute against Blue Eagles while defender Moses Chavula did not feature against Epac. Defender Foster Namwera, however, played full game against Epac and Blue Eagles, having also featured in the whole 90 minutes against Ghana.
Eagles’ coach Deklerk Msakakuona congratulated his charges for playing according to game plan: “The boys did exactly what we told them and we had one of our best performances of the season this afternoon, said the coach after the game.
The results against Epac and Blue Eagles means the Nomads have collected just a point from a maximum 12 in their four league assignments away in Lilongwe. In the first round, they lost 3-2 to Civo and 1-0 against Kamuzu Barracks.
At Kalulu Stadium in Nchalo, Gabadinho Mhango was on target twice as Bullets defeated Tigers FC 2-0 to dislodge the Nomads from the third position. Civo United’s miseries continued at Balaka Stadium, where the civil servants lost 2-0 against Blantyre United. Bvumbwe Research’s woes continued at Chitowe Stadium as they lost 3-0 against Moyale Barracks.
The researchers from Thyolo also lost 3-2 against Kabwafu FC at Mzuzu Stadium on Saturday as Escom United and Red Lions played a nil-all draw at Kalalu. Kamuzu Barracks and Mafco also played a barren draw at Chitowe.