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By Mphatso Malidadi:

Bob Mpinganjira

It never rains but pours for Be Forward Wanderers after suffering their first TNM Super League loss when they went down 1-3 to Blue Eagles at Kamuzu Stadium Sunday.

Police and stewards acted professionally to defuse tension as some Wanderers fans blocked VIP and open stand exits.

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After Eagles scored the second and third goals, Nomads Coach Bob Mpinganjira stood on the touchline hands akimbo wondering what had hit him.

Wanderers supporters voiced their anger, calling for the coaches and the entire executive committee to step down. The loss was the second consecutive for the team having gone down to Silver Strikers 1-0 last week in the first leg of the Airtel Top 8 Cup.

Wanderers handed a rare start to Peter Kasonga and Misheck Botomani in attack whereas Zicco Mkanda played just behind the twin strikers.

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It was a dull encounter in the first half even though some players such as Micium Mhone for Eagles, and Wanderers’ Alfred Manyozo Jnr and Mkanda tried to light up the game with individual brilliance.

Mhone was particularly impressive but his last touch at times betrayed him. Nevertheless he was named Man-of-the-Match.

At half time, Wanderers fans cheered the arrival of former midfielder Joseph Kamwendo who sat at the MBC Stand.

Eagles came back from recess a changed side and deservedly took the lead through Maxwell Munthali in the 48th minute after the Nomads failed to deal with Mhone’s corner kick.

A short while later, Mhone spearheaded a counterattack that left Wanderers defenders bamboozled for Gregory Nachipo to net Eagles’ second goal in the 53rd minute.

Wanderers reacted by pulling out Mike Kaziputa who was visibly furious as he voiced out his frustration towards the bench.

Botomani reduced the arrears from a corner kick in the 62nd minute but Eagles put the game beyond the hosts’ reach through Schumacher Kuwali.

The tough day took its toll on the Nomads played the last 10 minutes without Manyozo Jnr who was injured.

It was definitely not Wanderers’ day as Mkanda saw his penalty saved by Eagles’ goalkeeper John Soko in the 90th minute.

Wanderers Team Manager, Steve Madeira, said it was a bad day at the office.

“It is understandable for supporters to express their anger, but it is too early to point fingers at individuals,” Madeira said.

Eagles assistant Coach, Wilson Chidati, said their game plan worked.

“In the first half we wanted to contain them and then take them on in the second half,” Chidati said.

Following the win, Eagles have moved to the top of the table with 11 points from five games whereas Wanderers are 12th with three points from two games.

In another game played Sunday, Dwangwa United drew 3-3 with Masters Security.

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