REJUVENATED Civil Sporting Club yesterday became the first team to beat Be Forward Wanderers in the TNM Super League with a dominant 2-0 scoreline at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe. The Nomads can best be described as having been clueless and visionless on the day.
Having gone seven league games without a loss, they finally met their match in Civil and were left wondering what had befallen them. The civil servants destroyed Wanderers with a vintage display in the first half with goals from Fletcher Bandawe and Innocent Tanganyika.
Bandawe netted the opener in the 28th minute after he outpaced Wanderers’ unsteady defence to side-foot goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa. With just a minute to the end of the first half, Tanganyika ensured maximum points for the hosts after Nomads defenders were caught napping.
Probably, Wanderers underrated their opponents before the game and thought that they would have an easy run but the game turned out to be their toughest of the season as they were second on the ball. So disjointed was their performance on the day that they registered no shot on target in the entire first half, with most of their players unbelievably performing below par.
After recess, Wanderers introduced Rafiq Namwera, Jabulani Linje and Stanley Sanudi with the aim of overturning the tables but Civil frustrated them. The team’s midfielders kept their counterparts -Yamikani Chester, Joseph Kamwendo and Felix Zulu -at bay to dominate the game.
Civil deservedly collected maximum points and were the better side with Patrick Thupi, Righteous Banda and Raphael Phiri on top of their game. Despite the loss, Wanderers still lead the log table with 19 points from eight games followed by Premier Bet Wizards on 18 points from 10 games.
Civil moved up the table to eighth with 14 points from 10 games. Civil assistant Coach, Oscar Kaunda, expressed satisfaction with the performance of his team.
“We came up with a good game plan and it worked. I thank my players for the victory and they deserved it,” Kaunda said. Nomads Head Coach, Yasin Osman, admitted that his side displayed a shoddy performance.
“We played badly and it was really a bad day for us. Civil deserved to win the game,” Osman said in his brief remarks. Elsewhere, Wizards beat Dwangwa United 1-2 with goals from Misheck Botomani and Patrick Phiri whereas Jack Chiona netted the consolation for the hosts.
Mzuni returned to winning ways after beating Blantyre United 3-1 at Mzuzu Stadium. Hudson Milanzi, Lughindiko Mshani and Gift Kasambara scored for the students while Blantyre United found the net through Jiddy Mbandambanda.
Line-ups: Civil: Tione Tembo, Gomezgani Chirwa, Lawrence Chazia, Andrew Banda, Willard Dickson, Tanganyika, Banda, Thupi, Ferguson Mtondo, Phiri, Bandawe. Wanderers: Chipuwa, Bongan Kaipa (Sanudi), Lucky Malata, Harry Nyirenda, Ted Sumani, Alfred Manyozo, Zulu, Kamwendo, Mike Kaziputa (Jabulani Linje), Chester, Precious Msosa.