Coach Bob Mpinganjira endured the disgrace of being defeated by his former club, a younger brother and a nephew as Bvumbwe Research lost 4-0 to Mighty Wanderers on Saturday.
In this TNM Super League first round match at Balaka Stadium, Victor Mpinganjira put Wanderers on a victory trail much to the excitement of his father and the Nomadsâ€™ caretaker assistant coach, Albert Mpinganjira.
But on the opposite technical bench, Victorâ€™s uncle (his fatherâ€™s elder brother Bob) was left devastated by his Bvumbweâ€™s fourth consecutive loss. The rookies are 12th on 12 points from 14 games.
â€œReflecting on the game, I am happy for him [Victor]. But during the game, the issue of family relations were irrelevant. Football is funny. The only thought that crossed my mind was that Bvumbwe should win. Unfortunately, it did not go our way,â€ said Bob.
It was arguably Victorâ€™s first Super League goal, joined on the score sheet by Gerald Phiri Jnr, Anthony Banda and Joseph Kamwendo.
â€œI did not have time to talk to Victor, but I did congratulate Albert after the match. I must admit, we were second best on the day. Wanderers dominated. We have to go back to the drawing board,â€ the Bvumbwe coach said.
Previous consecutive Bvumbwe losses included against Silver Strikers, Kamuzu Barracks and Moyale Barracks. It was payback time for the Thyolo rookies who recently dumped the Nomads out of the Presidential Cup.
Wanderers, had as of Saturday, climbed to third position on 23 points from 13 games, displacing Civo United who lost 3-0 to Azam Tigers in Nchalo also on Saturday. Civo have 22 points from 14 games. It was a third defeat on the trot for the Alex Masanjala side.
At Silver Stadium also on Saturday, Epac FCâ€™s return to form continued in earnest with a 2-0 beating of Blantyre United. Epac are 11th on 13 points whereas United were seventh on 17 points as of Saturday.
Jaffalie Chande opened the score sheet before last seasonâ€™s Golden Boot Award winner Ishmael Thindwaâ€™s solo brilliant effort ensured his tally was now at four goals in 10 games. He missed three of Epacâ€™s 13 matches through injury.