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Test for Nomads’ new coaches

Struggling giants, Be Forward Wanderers, must exercise caution when facing Civo United Saturday at Civo Stadium before meeting in-form Kamuzu Barracks (KB) at the same venue Sunday.

With coach Yasin Osman-led new technical panel, the Nomads family is hoping for a quick turn-round of things having gone three consecutive games in the TNM Super League without a victory, which led to the firing of Eddingtone Ng’onamo and his deputy Elia Kananji.

Smarting from a 0-1 loss to rivals, Nyasa Big Bullets, last week, any result apart from a win would be disaster for the Lali Lubani Road outfit.

Probably, any Nomads fan would not cherish such two tough assignments this weekend considering the internal squabbles rocking the team.

Victories against Civo and KB this weekend could mean that the villains, whoever they are, are forgiven and the Nomads could sing as a family again.

For Civo, this might be an advantage as they are also desperate for a first win under the tutelage of coach, Charles Manda.

He is yet to chalk a first win in the league but steered Civo to a sensational 2-0 win over Mzuni in a Fisd Challenge Cup match last week.

Winless in the second round, Civo might come like wounded buffaloes against Nomads.

The Nomads have been bad travelers this season after winning only two games.

For this reason, the star-studded Nomads must be worried with the trip to the Capital City.

Osman and his assistant, Bob Mpinganjira, reserved their comments.

But Team Manager, Steve Madeira, was optimistic that his side will return to winning ways.

“We have spoken to the players and they know the importance of the two games. We want to give our fans something good so that they forget recent results,” Madeira said.

Facing a former player and coach is always dangerous. Manda played for Wanderers before coaching them.

“Preferably, we would want to collect maximum points in all the remaining games, so that we should finish in a good position in the league,” Manda said.

A win for Nomads against Civo today will push them to sixth position if the Mzuni lose or draw against leaders Mafco.

Joseph Kamwendo, Francis Mlimbika, Peter Wadabwa and Jimmy Zakazaka are carrying the Nomads’ hopes whereas Nelson Kangunje, Gerald Nkungula and Jelesi Lufeyo will be players to watch for Civo.

Nomads are on position nine with 29 points from 20 games where as Civo are on position 12 with 19 points from 20 games, just a point above the relegation zone.

In other matches this weekend, leaders Mafco travel to Mzuzu to fulfil tricky fixtures against Mzuni FC today and Moyale Barracks Sunday.

Elsewhere, second-placed Silver Strikers host Dwangwa United at Silver Stadium today whereas defending champions, Bullets, date struggling Max Bullets at Kamuzu Stadium.

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