Operating on a one-off budget of K80,000 for a 22-member squad, merely stepping on Kamuzu Stadium Tuesday was a luxury for Zomba non-leaguers, Songani Veterans.
Unsurprisingly, Songani cracked and crumbled to a 7-0 defeat against a full-strength Be Forward Wanderers during a Presidential Cup regional phase match. The Nomads proceed to tomorrow’s national stage draw for 16 teams.
Dressed in politically-correct red, the team from the home of fallen music star, Maurice Maulidi and Songani Strings Band, donated goals to Wanderers’ substitute Khumbo Ng’ambi (71 and 74th minutes), Peter Wadabwa (18 and 30th minutes) Jafali Chande (13 and 90th minutes).
Wanderers opened the scoring on the 13th minute through Chande to make it three in three games since his switch from Nyasa Big Bullets. The People’s Team host MDF Marine today at the same venue.
Chande then turned provider as he set Wadabwa clear to slide in the second and third, before Mike Kaziputa, who had replaced injured captain Francis Mulimbika, made it 4-0 at half-time.
Wanderers coach Jack Chamangwana pulled out Wadabwa and Amos Bello at half time. The duo combined devastatingly to tease Songani, whose only meaningful attempts came in vain from Feniwick Mbawe and Chikumbutso Sokho.
Chande set Ng’ambi clear to score the fourth before he added the fifth and sixth. Chande hammered the final nail on the coffin of Songani after turning to volley past helpless Songani goalkeeper, Allan Chinyama.
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