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Mighty Wanderers frustrate Red Lions

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Old wine tastes better. That was exactly the experience Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium when veteran forwards Chiukepo Msowoya and Muhammad Sulumba handed Mighty Mukuru Wanderers three points in the TNM Super League after beating Red Lions 2-1.

The Nomads came from behind to score two goals after Andrew Biyo had put the soldiers in front.

Despite the victory, Wanderers remain third with 22 points from 11 games. The defeat condemned the Lions to position 12 on the log table with 12 points.

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The first half failed to produce goals as both teams lacked fire power in the final third.

The Nomads’ midfield of Bakililonyo Mwakanyongo, Yamikani Chester and Isaac Kaliati starved the striking partnership of Sulumba, Msowoya and Vincent Nyangulu of good balls.

However, the striking trio itself at times lacked position discipline to convert their chances into goals.

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Lions played a passing game and defended in numbers but were not a major threat in the final third as Wanderers’ defence closed spaces and provided much needed cover to Richard Chipuwa in goals.

The Nomads were caught in a counter attack in the 52nd minute as Biyo received a through ball before outpacing Adeleke Kalawole to put the Lions ahead.

Two minutes later, Wanderers levelled the scores after Msowoya made a first-time touch just outside the box before firing past Jacob Kaunda in Lions’ goal.

In the 62nd minute, Sulumba sent the Nomads fans into wild celebrations after his diving header went past Kaunda for his side to take the lead.

Lions, who have failed to impress in away games after only claiming one win in five outings, tried to press hard to get an equaliser deep in the final half but the Nomads sat back in military formation to deny their penetrations.

It was sweet victory for Wanderers, coming from last weekend’s away triumph against Ekwendeni and Rumphi.

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