By Isaac Salima:
Mighty Mukuru Wanderers’ fine form in the TNM Super League continued Sunday when the Lali Lubani Boys beat Ekwendeni Hammers 2-1 at Kamuzu Stadium.
Two beautiful goals, one in each half, from Wisdom Mpinganjira and Muhammad Sulumba ended Ekwendeni’s unbeaten run in five league games.
The visitors replied through Isaiah Nyirenda late in the second half to give the match a nervous end.
Following the win, the Nomads remain fourth on the log table with 47 points from 24 games but have reduced the gap with third-placed Kamuzu Barracks to a point.
On the other hand, the Hammers are stuck on 10th position with 31 points from 28 games.
Both teams, coming from victories and beaming with confidence but it was the visitors that looked hungrier for an early goal.
However, Chawanangwa Gumbo’s effort from the box two minutes into the game was well tamed by Pilirani Mapira in Nomads’ goal.
Pacy Mpinganjira made his presence known two minutes later but his shot hit the woodwork.
Vincent Nyangulu could have put his team in front but his diving header was ruled out for offside.
Mpinganjira, who had just switched play from the right to the left wing, showcased great skill in the 34th minute to score a fabulous goal to separate the two teams.
However, the visitors continued pressing hard and had a better share of scoring chances in the first half.
The two teams went for recess with the Nomads in the lead.
Leading top goal scorer Sulumba took his tally to 14 when he scored the second goal of the match in the 53rd minute to cushion Wanderers’ lead.
However, Nyirenda reduced the deficit with a fine curled shot in the 56th minute as the Nomads defence was caught off guard.
It was good news for Nomads coach Alex Ngwira, whose team broke its own record on Wednesday in the league, after registering an emphatic 10-0 win over relegated Rumphi United.
“We knew their style of play and did our homework well by allowing them to keep the ball so that we could catch them on counterattacks. We are happy that it worked,” Ngwira said.
Hammers Coach Gilbert Chirwa rued missed chances.
In another match yesterday, TN Stars defeated Rumphi United 2-1.