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Nomads disarm Kamuzu Barracks in TNM Super League

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THE long wait for the kickoff of the 2017 TNM Super League finally ended yesterday as games commenced with a colourful ceremony held at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

After several performances that kept spectators entertained as they waited for Kamuzu Barracks (KB) and Be Forward Wanderers to take to the pitch, a Malawi Defence Force helicopter flew into the stadium to deliver the league’s trophy, which was received by officials from the government, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and Super League of Malawi (Sulom).

It was then time for champions KB and cup specialists, Wanderers to line up for the crunch match which saw little-known Julius Kajembe coming off the bench to snatch the winner.

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Kajembe settled the contest after 30 minutes in the second half with a clever header to secure maximum points for the Nomads.  It was a killer punch for the soldiers as the Nomads defended well for the remaining minutes.

It was a closed affair which could have gone either way but the Nomads had the last laugh to continue their dominance over the soldiers. Wanderers have beaten KB in three consecutive meetings in all competitions.

The soldiers have started the season in a similar fashion to last season when they lost the first game but went on to win their first ever title.

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But this should be a wake-up call for the defending champions having also lost 3-1 to Nyasa Big Bullets in the Chifundo Charity Shield at the same venue. Without Yamikani Chester, Ishmael Thindwa, Peter Wadabwa and Amos Bello due to various reasons, Wanderers lacked fire power upfront.

It was after the introduction of Jabulani Linje and Kajembe when Wanderers started causing problems to the soldiers’ defence marshaled by Pilirani Makupe, Pempho Kamsichiri and Vincent Mphepo. On the other hand, KB had some chances but lacked composure.

Kelvin Hanganda, Diof Simaone and Ndaona Daisi all missed some good chances. The first half had few flashes as both teams struggled to play entertaining football.  But KB controlled the midfield with Davie Banda, Harvey Nkacha and Gift M’bwana on top of their game.

After the game, KB assistant Team Manager, Dickson Mtontholo said it was painful to start the title defence with a loss. “It was a tight game but Wanderers utilised their chance.

It is too early to start panicking and we will recover quickly. In the next fixture, you will see a much improved performance from the team,” he said. Nomads Coach, Yasin Osman said the victory was a morale booster for the team.

“We struggled in the first half but we upped the tempo in the second. The season has just started and we hope to produce something special this season,” Osman said.

Minister of Information, Nicholas Dausi, and TNM officials watched the game. Elsewhere, Chitipa United held Nyasa Big Bullets to a goalless draw whereas Dwangwa United registered a 1-0 victory over Master Security FC. Premier Bet Wizards and Silvers Strikers also played out a goalless draw.

KB  line up: Leman Nthala, Vincent Mphepo, Mustafa Salimu, Pempho Kamsichiri, Pilirani Makupe, Gift Mbwana, Davie Banda, Ndaona Daisi (Komani Msiska) Harvey Nkacha, Kelvin Hanganda, Diof Simaone (Manase Chiyesa).

Wanderers: Vales Kamzere, Stanley Sanudi, Francis Mlimbika, Harry Nyirenda, Lucky Malata, Precious Sambani (Julius Kajembe) , Joseph Kamwendo, Alfred Manyozo, Felix Zulu, Jaffalie Chande, Precious Msosa (Jabulani Linje). Referee: Duncan Lengani.

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