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Wanderers finish first round on bad note

Struggling Moyale Barracks twice came from behind to stun TNM Super League leaders Be Forward Wanderers 3-2 at Kamuzu Stadium Sunday.

The result means Wanderers have failed to open a six-point gap at the end of the first round as second-placed Kamuzu Barracks (KB) settled for a goalless draw with Mzuni at Kasungu Stadium.

The leaders have concluded their assignments with 33 points from 15 games whereas KB are second with 30 points.

Defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets were pushed to third with 29 points.

The Nomads might have earned the first round bragging rights and K1 million for finishing at the summit but yesterday’s result showed underside.

Wanderers might have expected an easy match as Moyale suffered a 4-1 defeat to debutants Ntopwa the previous day.

Leading goal poacher Babatunde Adepoju opened the scoring from the penalty box in the 32nd minute to give the Nomads false hopes after he was brought down in the danger zone.

The Nigerian dusted himself to put the ball past Moyale custodian McDonald Harawa.

The two teams went for recess with the hosts holding on to the narrow lead.

Moyale started the second half strongly and were duly rewarded after Deus Nkutu beat Wanderers goalkeeper William Thole with a stunner in the 55th minute.

However, Moyale’s joy was short-lived as substitute Francesco Madinga restored Wanderers’ lead in the 58th minute following a cut-in from Babatunde.

Just when Wanderers thought they were in control of the game, Gastin Simkonda equalised from a goal mouth scramble in the 77th minute.

The soldiers returned to haunt the Nomads in the 85th minute after Thole fumbled Simkonda’s shot, allowing Nkutu to claim a brace and Moyale’s winning goal.

Wanderers Coach, Bob Mpinganjira, said his charges were casual.

“Moyale utilised their chances to get full points. We have learnt a bitter lesson but we will come back strongly in the second round,” Mpinganjira said.

His Moyale counterpart, Collins Nkuna, said their gameplan worked well.

“We played an attacking game throughout. After losing to Ntopwa, we opted for an attacking formation since we had nothing to lose and it paid off,” Nkuna said.

In another match played Sunday, Civil Sporting Club thrashed Masters Security 3-0, with Fletcher Bandawe scoring a brace and Raphael Phiri finding the net once.

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