Mighty Mukuru Wanderers inflicted more pain on Silver Strikers after claiming a 1–0 victory in a TNM Super League encounter at Kamuzu Stadium Sunday.
Muhammad Sulumba’s strike eight minutes into the match was enough to gift the Nomads maximum points in a highly contested fixture.
Following the result, Wanderers have now moved to fifth position on the log table displacing the Bankers, who are now sixth, despite both teams tying on 37 points, as Wanderers have a superior goal difference.
The victory was sweet revenge for Wanderers, who lost 2–1 to the bankers in a first round match played in Lilongwe.
The appetising fixture lived up to its billing as both teams displayed good football, keeping fans on the edge of their seats.
From the first whistle, it was an action-packed encounter with either side playing a fast passing game in search of the first goal.
The Nomads got the priceless goal eight minutes into the match when Sulumba received the ball in the box before shooting past Silver goalie Charles Chisale.
It was a goal that was a product of excellent build-up as Wanderers took the ball from the back and made an interchange of passes before crossing into the box to find unmarked Sulumba.
The Nomads then sat back and gave room to the visitors to control affairs.
The tactical introduction of Stain Davie for Uchizi Vunga for Silver piled more pressure on the Nomads but the Bankers could not make use of their chances after also being frustrated by the Nomads defence led by Miracle Gabeya, who gave no room for penetration.
Wanderers Coach Alex Ngwira said their first half performance was their doing factor.
“We utilised our chance in the first half and when Silver took the game to us in the second half, we defended well,” Ngwira said.
Silver Assistant Coach Macdonald Yobe remained positive despite the defeat.
“We played well, only that we did not create many scoring chances,” Yobe said.