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Wanderers cement lead in TNM Super League

Written by  Tione Andsen
Wanderers and Bullets tussle it out in the TNM second round matct at the BNS in Lilongwe - Pic by Arkangel Tembo Wanderers and Bullets tussle it out in the TNM second round matct at the BNS in Lilongwe - Pic by Arkangel Tembo

Lilongwe, October 28, 2017: Mighty Be Forward Wanderers Saturday  played out to a 1-1 draw against their traditional rivals, Nyasa Big Bullets to cement a seven point lead in the second round of TNM Super League played at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

With the draw against second placed, Bullets,  Wanderers are now closing in to end their 11 year drought of the elite league.

They have six games to play to wind up the league and currently they have amassed 55 points while Bullets are trailing with 48 points from 23 games.

It was a game for veterans as Joseph Kamwendo scored for Nomads while Chiukepo Msowoya was on the scoresheet for Bullets.

Silver might leap frog Bullets if they win against Kamuzu Barracks on Sunday to return to their second spot.

Wanderers went into lead seven into the game when captain Kamwendo slotted in a direct free kick 25 metres away.

It was a long hard drive which eluded Bullets keeper,  Rabson Chiyenda in goals but Kamwendo got injured as he pulled out his miscle and was replaced by Isaac Kaliati.

Bullets central defence combination of George Nyirenda and Miracle Gabeya looked shaky as they had tough time to contain Wanderers attacks.

Essau Kanyenda and Jafali Chande came close from scoring due to defensive mix up but they both shot wide.

From 20th minutes Bullets upped their game with Fisher Kondowe doing excellent runs on the right flank putting pressure to Wanderers's centre pack of Harry Nyirenda and Foster Namwera.

Continued pressure saw Wanderers defence failing to clear the lines when Kondowe sent an inviting cross into the box where Msowoya nodded home for an equaliser in the 24th minute.

Two minutes later, Kondowe in a solo effort went past Ted Sumani but his shot went over the cross bar with Richard Chipuwa to beat.

Wanderers and Bullets went for a break at 1-1 and fans had hopes for more goals in the last half.

Wanderers brought in Precious Sambani for tired Sumani to strength their left back which was exposed in the first half.

Msowoya was denied by the woodwork in the 57th minute when he connected Emmanuel Zoya's cross.

Wanderers responded two minute later when Yamikani Chester went past Zoya sent a deep in cross to Kaliati but missed from close range. 
In the 79th minute, Bullets substitute Nelson Kangunje who came in for Mike Mkwate shot wide after Kondowe had put him through.

The last 10 minutes the two teams played a balanced game with Wanderers playing delaying tictacts baying for a draw.

" Bullets made a mistake in their fielding, they should have not started Mkwate who had problems to jewel." Bullets fan from Area 36,  Alick Banda observed.

He said Bullets started the game on low note but managed to pick it up midway in the first half and were able to get an equaliser.

Wanderers fan from Area 50, Charles Mvula said his team now has a chance to win the league and this would happen.

He pointed that the Bullets game was one of the most crucial encounter and a draw has paved way for glory in days to come.


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