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Wanderers three points away to title

Written by  Tione Andsen
Wanderers players celebrate after beating Mzuni in Lilongwe on Sunday - Pic courtesy of Be Forward Wanderers Facebook Page Wanderers players celebrate after beating Mzuni in Lilongwe on Sunday - Pic courtesy of Be Forward Wanderers Facebook Page

Lilongwe,  December 10, 2017:  League leaders Mighty Be Forward Wanderers are only three points away to clinch the league after 11 solid years when they claimed 3-1 over spirited  Mzuni in the second round of the rescheduled played on wet turf Civo stadium in Lilongwe on Sunday. 

 
Wanderers would only need three points out of six from relegation threatened Master Security and rejuvenated, Red Lions. 
 
The leagues are now 65 points from 28 games, four points clear of their traditional rivals, Nyasa Big  Bullets who are 61 points and are second on the log.
 
The first 14 minutes both teams wasted chances, Wanderers through Yamikani Chester and captain,  Joseph Kamwendo while Mzuni failed to hit the net through Deco Menyera and Zalieti Nkhoma. 
 
Chester broke the deadlock on quarter mark when he dribbled past Bob Longwe and Lano Kayira and released a thunderbolt in which Mzuni custodian, Chimwemwe Kumkwawa failed to tame. 
 
Wanderers veteran striker Essau Kanyenda was put through by Alfred Manyozo Jnr six minutes later but his shot on one one one situation with Kumkwawa in the penalty was parried away for a corner kick.
 
Mzuni aggressive striker, Nkhoma levelled the scores after 31st minute when he volleyed in a loose ball after a defence mix up by Wanderers. 
 
Wanderers captain, 
Kamwendo curled in a brilliant free kick in the 43rd minute but his effort was well saved by Kumkwawa. 
 
Mzuni nearly went into lead in the two minutes into added time when Nkhoma's inviting cross from the left flank was tapped in by Menyera which eluded Wanderers goalminder, Richard Chipuwa but Harry Nyirenda in nick to time cleared the ball on the goal line. 
 
Overlapping Wanderers defender, Nyirenda headed the ball over the bar from close range from the well taken free kick by Kamwendo in the 4 minutes into injury time. 
 
Wanderers and Mzuni called it balance of play at recess as the scores remained one a piece. 
 
Wanderers introduced, veteran striker, Peter Wadabwa for out of form Jafalie Chande, the move which made them unlock the solid defence for the students. 
 
Wanderers striker, Kanyenda was brought down in the penalty box by Captain, Kayira and referee, Duncan Lengani awarded the Nomads a penalty. 
 
The resultant penalty kick was smartly planted home by Wanderers captain, Kamwendo to stretch the lead to 2-1.
 
Mzuni made a double substition in the 58th minute they brought in Hudson Milanzie and Henry Msinjo for Chisomo Gillion and Timothy Silwimba respectively but Milanzie was pulled out just 10  minutes into the game when he was swept by Ted Sumani and got injured, was replaced by Pilirani Mduliluli. 
 
Substitute Wadabwa buried the game in the 64th minute when he nodded home Stanley Kaliati's corner kick from the eastern corner flag in the southern goal. 
 
The remaining minutes both sides continued to search for goals but were hard to come by.
 
"Mzuni lost rthym in the second half and the penalty spoiled their game plan," a soccer fan,  Alex Matope observed. 
 
He said Mzuni has proved to be a good side hence their willingness to finish in the top eight this season.
 
A Salima based Wanderers fan, Duncan Mvula singled out Chester as the match winner for his team and he made things happened. 
 
" Our defence was solid and Nyirenda was outstanding. Upfront Kanyenda used his vast experienced to create scoring opportunities. We are getting there for the title after 11 years on the wilderness," he summed up.

 

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