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Be Forward Wanderers provided an emphatic response t o lingering doubts on their TNM Super League championship credentials, tearing apart Moyale Barracks 5-1 at Balaka Stadium Wednesday to go top again.

The Nomads have 31 points from 13 games, two points ahead of deposed leaders Silver Strikers, and seven points ahead of rivals Nyasa Big Bullets, who saw off Red Lions 1-0 at Chilomoni Stadium also Wednesday.

Having lost 3-2 to Wanderers in an Airtel Top 8 Cup semi-final, the fifth-placed Moyale (22 points), came to Balaka looking for revenge, but it could only get worse for them.

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Winger Isaac Kaliyati opened the floodgates in the 39th minute, before Jafali Chande added the second in the 47th minute with Joseph Kamwendo’s adding the third goal and Peter Wadabwa eventually bagging a brace.

Eventually, Khuda Muyaba scored a consolation for Moyale, who date the Nomads again on August 26 in a Carlsberg Cup semi-final at Mzuzu Stadium.

In another semi-final, Bullets, who won through a Nelson Kangunje’s 50th minute volley in Chilomoni Township yesterday, date the Zomba soldiers again on August 27 at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

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At Balaka Stadium, Wanderers were in control, giving Coach Yasin Osman the luxury of introducing Esau Kanyenda and Bongani Kayipa for Yamikani Chester and Harry Nyirenda, respectively.

Moyale too made substitutions in the first-half as they took out Lesman Singini for BoyBoy Chima. However, it was too little and too late.

After the game, Moyale Team Manager, Richard Kapesa, conceded defeat, saying they did not play their usual game.

He, however, said the match gave them a picture of what to expect in the semi-final.

In Blantyre, Bullets defender Yamikani Fodya cleared off the line Loti Chawinga’s effort before the visitors’ centre-back Benesi Kaisi grazed the top right corner with a swerving free-kick. The first-half ended 0-0 with Lions failing to translate their dominance into goals.

The soldiers were eventually punished as Musa Manyenje and Fischer Kondowe combined to slice the Lions defence open before Kangunje fired into the net, giving goalkeeper Jacob Kaunda no chance.

Lions pulled out MacPeter Makwale for Innocent Bokosi in an attacking move whereas Kangunje left the stage for Henry Kabichi with Chiukepo Msowoya being substituted for Muhammad Sulumba.

The Zomba soldiers finished the game strongly but Bullets goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe was in fine form. Interim Coach, Elia Kananji, was, understandably relieved by the win.

“It was a tough game and we need to rectify some of the mistakes and ensure that we get more goals. I am not focusing on the semi-final as we have Mafco to play this weekend. We are taking one game at a time,” Kananji said in a post-match interview.

Bullets moved from fifth place to third on the log table with 24 points from 13 games.

Lions are on seventh position with 19 points from 14 games. Chitipa United anchor the table with 11 points from 15 games.

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