By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Civil Sporting Club’s free fall continued after they went down 0-1 to Be Forward Wanderers in a TNM Super League match at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe Sunday.
The defeat was Civil’s fifth consecutive of the season in the elite league and sixth in all competitions this season.
Following the win, Wanderers have displaced TN Stars at the top of the log table on goal difference with 19 points after playing eight games.
The Kasungu-based side has the same number of points but has played nine games.
Defender Francis Mlimbika’s well taken free kick after nine minutes in the first half made the difference to secure maximum points for Wanderers, who have gone six consecutive games without conceding.
However, the Nomads survived a scare towards the end of the game as Civil pressurised in search of an equaliser.
Wanderers should also thank goalkeeper Nenani Juwaya for brilliantly denying Kelvin Thotho in added time.
The Nomads would have won by a bigger margin but they wasted several opportunities in the first-half through Vincent Nyangulu and Babatude Adepoju.
Nyangulu was replaced by Zicco Mkanda in the second-half whereas Civil introduced Mohammad Sulumba for Raphael Phiri.
Civil Coach, Franco Ndawa, said the loss was disappointing.
“It is disheartening to lose again. This is bad for us considering that we played well. We also missed some good chances but we have not lost hope,” Ndawa said.
His Nomads counterpart, Bob Mpinganjira, said it was a tough game.
“Civil were very physical but we got the all-important goal which we managed to defend. The players worked very hard for the victory and I congratulate them,” Mpinganjira said.
Wanderers’ Felix Zulu was named Man-of-the- Match.
In another game played Sunday, Chitipa United held Mighty Tigers to a 1-1 stalemate at Kamuzu Stadium to return from Blantyre with two points after a 2-2 draw with Bullets on Saturday.
Edwin Carlos netted for Tigers before Christopher Mtambo equalised for Chitipa. But the Northern Region-based side remains in the relegation zone on position 14 with eight points from eight games whereas Tigers are sixth with 15 points from 12 games. Mtambo was also named Man-of-the-Match.
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