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Nomads focus on top-six finish

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Be Forward Wanderers coach Elia Kananji has conceded that the Super League title has eluded his side this season, therefore, they would focus on finishing in the top six.

The Nomads have been outstanding in cup competitions but they have failed to replicate their form in the Super League where they have not won a match since the start of the second round.

Despit e winning the Carlsberg Cup and qualifying for the Standard Bank Knock-out Cup, the Nomads have lost to Civo United, Kamuzu Barracks and Big Bullets in the second round.

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Wanderers came from behind to force a one-all draw against Azam Tigers on Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium to take just a point from a possible 12.

Alfred Manyozo Junior’s goal cancelled out Peter Kasonga’s sixth-minute goal from the spot.

Ironically, the Nomads have played all the four matches at home—Kamuzu Stadium.

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Wanderers are now on position eight with 27 points from 18 matches and they were 14 points behind League leaders Bullets before Sunday’s round of matches.

Kananji has confessed they cannot win the title therefore they would focus on preventing last season’s scenario where they finished on position nine.

“It is hard to catch up with the teams at the top because we are dropping a lot of points. The players are working hard but I can’t understand why we are failing to get good results in the league,” he said.

“We will keep working hard because we need to finish in the top six so that we should automatically qualify for the Standard Bank Knockout Cup. We are a big team therefore we don’t have to be voted into the competition like it was the case this year.”

Tigers finished the first round in second position, six points behind the leaders but they have failed to win in all seven of their second round matches.

They have drawn six times and lost once to drop to the fourth position with 32 points from 21 matches.

After Saturday’s draw, Tigers’ technical directo, Robin Alufandika, said they were confident of finishing the season on a good position.

“The performance levels have improved but what remains is for the players to regain confidence so that we can get some points in the remaining seven matches,” he said.

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