Mighty Be Forward Wanderers’ pursuit of the 2015 TNM Super League title has faced another hitch after the Nomads were beaten 0-1 at home by Civo United at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday.
It was a less-glamorous return to Kamuzu Stadium for Wanderers who have achieved memorable milestones away from home in recent weeks.
The Nomads won the Carlsberg Cup and qualified for the quarterfinals of Standard Bank Knockout Cup at Civo Stadium, but the Nomads’ heroes yesterday failed to lift the spirits of their home fans who were pregnant with expectations following recent success on their sojourns.
Isaac Msiska was the party stopper when he scored the only goal of the match seven minutes from halftime.
Msiska scored from a rebound after Richard Chipuwa had saved onto the post Patience Kalumo’s header from a corner kick.
Civo’s victory was significant in the title race as it condemned the Nomads to the fourth position, nine points behind the leaders and defending champions Big Bullets.
Blue Eagles have now moved into the third position after thumping Airborne Rangers 3-0 at home yesterday.
Eagles are tied at 26 points with Wanderers but they have a superior goal difference.
Azam Tigers drew one-all against Epac yesterday to remain second with 28 points from 16 matches, but they are seven points behind Bullets.
Silver Strikers have also started the second round on a good note after defeating Mzuni 0-2 at Mzuzu Stadium in a match the Bankers finished with 10 men following Sam Gunda’s red card in the second half.
Silver have now moved into position six with 23 points from 15 matches.
Red Lions are a place above the Bankers after beating resolute rookies Dedza Young Soccer 2-0 at Dedza Stadium yesterday.
Lions now have 23 points from 15 matches.
At the Kamuzu Stadium yesterday, Civo’s winner came against the run of play after Wanderers had dominated the match right from the start.
The Nomads were swift in attack but missed a lot of good scoring opportunities.
Victor Nyirenda was denied by Civo United goalkeeper Innocent Phiri seven minutes after kick off after Luka Milanzi had played him in.
Nyirenda missed another clear opportunity in the 20th minutes after his diving header was kept away by the agile Phiri whose exceptional display earned him the man-of-the match award.
After conceding the goal, Wanderers brought in Muhammad Sulumba for Milanzi four minutes before halftime.
Sulumba could not inspire the Nomads on his return from a failed deal with South African club Jomo Cosmos.
He failed to register any attempt on target.
Isaac Kaliati’s left curler which hit the post in the 45th minute was the closest the Nomads came to equalising.
The Nomads registered only one attempt on target in the second half when Nyirenda’s close range header was expertly saved by Phiri in the 59th minute.
Nomads’ coach Elia Kananji said his players simply did not turn up for the party.
“We missed very good scoring opportunities. It is a costly result because we wanted to start the second round on a good note,” he said.
Civo coach Oscar Kaunda said his players deserved the victory for their performance.
“After losing at home to Wanderers in the first round, we were determined to set the record straight. We told the players to give their all and I am happy that they did that,” he said.
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