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Mixed fortunes as Nomads sink in second match

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New technical panel same old story. Be Forward Wanderers were Sunday swept aside 2-1 by determined Kamuzu Barracks before a sizeable crowd at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

The loss came just 24 hours after the Nomads earned a hard fought 2-1 victory over Civo United at the same venue.

Following the loss, Wanderers still lie sixth on the table with 32 points from 22 games whereas the soldiers are fifth with 37 points from 21 games.

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The Nomads might as well forget about their title aspirations having lost five games this far.

Harvey Nkacha hammered a brace to ensure maximum points for the soldiers before substitute Khumbo Ng’ambi scored a consolation for the Nomads.

Nkacha opened the scores with a glancing header in the early stages of the game before completing his brace in the second half.

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However, Manase Chiyesa’s spot kick was saved by Richard Chipuwa in the first half.

It was an awful display from the star-studded Wanderers, who lacked creativity and will to win the match.

With Joseph Kamwendo suspended for the match, the Nomads clearly lacked an on-field leader to steer them forward.

Nigerian forward Fabian Ozochukwu made his debut for Nomads and he impressed by providing the assist for Ng’ambi’s goal.

Kamuzu Barracks’ Davie Banda and Pilirani Makupe were a marvel to watch as they frustrated the visitors by denying them possession in midfield.

Newly-appointed Nomads coach, Yasin Osman, did not mince words and blamed his charges for lacking the spirit to win the game.

“We lacked commitment to win the game. We also underestimated the physical aspect of the game and the players only showed the hunger to win the game after we scored the goal,” Osman said.

His counterpart, Billy Phambala, was over the moon with the victory saying the players were determined to win the match.

“It was a wonderful performance from the players and I thank them for playing according to our game-plan,” he said.

Elsewhere, Mafco failed to reclaim top spot when they lost 2-0 to Moyale Barracks at Mzuzu Stadium just after sharing spoils with Mzuni FC. Chaveka Gwetsani and Khuda Muyaba scored for Moyale.

The match was abandoned in the 73rd minute after Mafco demanded the replacement of referee Aziz Nyirenda who they accused of denying them a clear penalty.

In the ensuing commotion, Nyirenda was allegedly kicked down by substitute Joseph Donsa and the referee sent him out for an early shower.

The incident further angered the Salima-based soldiers who reportedly refused to continue playing forcing Nyirenda to end the match after consultations with officials, notable amongst them match commissioner Alex Mbale.

At Kamuzu Stadium, Blue Eagles returned to winning ways after beating Premier Bet Wizards 2-0 in Blantyre.

Phillip Masiye and Gregory Nachipo were on target for the policemen.

Line-ups: Kamuzu Barracks- Leman Nthala, Vincent Mphepo, Pempho Kamsichiri, Pilirani Makupe, Mustafa Salimu, Wonderful Tumeyo, Davie Banda, Harvey Nkacha, Koman Msiska, Ben Hojan.

Wanderers-Richard Chipuwa,Ted Sumani, Stanely Sanudi, Bongani Kaipa, Alfred Manyozo, Rafik Namwera, Jabulani Linje, Fabian Ozochukwu,

Peter Wadabwa, Amos Bello (Ishmael Thindwa) Ibrahim Sadik (Khumbo Ng’ambi).

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