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Be Forward Wanderers’ General Secretary, Mike Butao, has admitted that they will take ‘a hard decision’ this week following the Nomads’ continued lifeless and hopeless displays that have derailed their TNM Super League title charge.

“We are meeting this evening. If not this evening, then tomorrow [Tuesday]. This is a crisis. We cannot be talking about a crisis every week. We have collected a point in the past two games and this is not acceptable for a team such as Wanderers,” Butao explained.

Following Saturday’s 0-1 loss to rivals, Nyasa Big Bullets, at Kamuzu Stadium, Wanderers—who have overall lost four league games this season—are on ninth position with 29 points from 20 games. Mafco lead the log table with 37 points.

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The Nomads have only collected four points from five consecutive games in the league after being held 1-1 and 0-0 by Red Lions and Dwangwa United, respectively, while also losing 2-1 to Mafco. Wanderers also defeated Karonga United 4-0.

Wanderers’ Assistant Coach, Elia Kananji, yesterday said they were unfortunate to lose on Saturday. The Nomads, who last won the league title in 2006, have not defeated their rivals in the league since 2011.

“We dominated the game in all aspects and it seems our rivals were just meant to win that game. When we met the executive after our trip from Dwangwa, there were no targets but we just promised to do better. I must admit that we have made life difficult for ourselves. It hurts so much,” Kananji said.

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The Nomads’ senior player, Joseph Kamwendo, has since apologised to the Wanderers’ family, saying they deserved better.

“The result was not a true reflection of the game, but credit to our counterparts for taking their chances. Wanderers are a big team. We can do better. We are letting our fans down,” Kamwendo said yesterday.

Wanderers’ Team Manager, Steve Madeira, yesterday admitted that they were under pressure.

“We have to be realistic. We do not deserve to be where we are. We [technical and players] have to shoulder the blame because this team pays us handsomely and in return, we have to be winning matches and challenge for titles,” Madeira said.

Coach Eddingtone Ng’onamo and his charges have even tougher assignments on the road against Civo United and Kamuzu Barracks on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Ng’onamo took over from Jack Chamangwana, who was redeployed as Technical Director after similar erratic displays in the league.

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