Be Forward Wanderers were in a class of their own as they extended their lead in the TNM Super League with a two-point gap courtesy of a 2-1 win against resilient Red Lions at Balaka Stadium Sunday.
The Nomads remain unbeaten and have conceded just once to rise to 19 points from seven games while the Zomba-based soldiers have dropped to fourth position with 15 points.
Red Lions were on the score sheet barely five minutes into the high-tempered game through Peter Makwale who took advantage of Wanderers’ poor organisation at the back.
But a Yamikani Chester goal in the 30th minute breathed a new lease of life into Wanderers’ game and Red Lions began to panic.
Seasoned campaigner Joseph Kamwendo converted a spot kick after a foul on Precious Msosa.
Tempers continued to flare in the match and Red Lions’ midfielder, Mphatso Ngwira was red carded for a foul on Kamwendo in a move that resulted into the Nomads’ second spot kick.
Reds’ goalkeeper became an instant hero after denying Kamwendo to end the match 2-1.
Wanderers Team Manager, Steve Madeira, had no kind words for Red Lions, saying they were too physical.
“They did not come to play football. They came to harm our players. That is not the way we play football,” Madeira moaned.
Red Lions officials were not available for comment as they went straight to the dressing room immediately after the final whistle.
Meanwhile, defending champions Kamuzu Barracks (KB) endured a miserable trip to the South after losing 2-1 to Blantyre United.
The Lilongwe-based military side now lies ninth on the table with 11 points from nine games.
Ibrahim Sadiki and Rafiq Juma scored for Blantyre United with KB’s consolation goal coming from Kelvin Hanganda.
But the story was different for Moyale, who return to Mzuzu with four points after a 1-1 draw with Azam Tigers. The soldiers collected full points on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Premier Bet Wizards.
Dan Kumwenda found the net for Kaukau while Moyale scored through Deus Nkutu.
The Lions of Kaning’ina are now second with 17 points from nine games.
Chitipa United left the Central Region pointless as they lost 3-0 to Blue Eagles. John Malidadi netted brace, with the other goal coming from Maxwell Salambula.
But Silver Strikers escaped from the jaws of defeat after snatching a late equaliser against newcomers Masters Security Services in a match that ended 1-1.
Substitute Michael Tetteh saved the Bankers when he chipped over Masters goalkeeper, Bester Phiri, to cancel Vincent Nyangulu’s opener.
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