Be Forward Wanderers sunk to a new low yesterday after succumbing to a 2-1 loss to Kamuzu Barracks (KB) at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
Midfielder Harvey Nkacha netted a goal in each half in a match Wanderers striking force looked miserably disjointed, the midfield utterly dislocated and the defence terribly porous.
A deserved 2-1 win over Civo United the previous day raised the hopes in the Nomads camp, who were under new coach Yasin Osman and his assistant Bob Mpinganjira.
This match could have been over in the early stages; after Nkacha had headed the opener, he won a penalty after being fouled by Bongani Kaipa, but Manase Chiyesa failed to beat Richard Chipuwa from the spot.
Nkacha claimed a brace barely 10 minutes into the second half with a low shot. Nomads had faint hopes of claiming a point when substitute Khumbo Ng’ambi pulled one back, but the hosts held on.
Wanderers were without suspended midfielder Joseph Kamwendo who was serving two yellow cards. Both players were on the score sheet in the match against Civo.
Osman blamed his players for lacking commitment while his Kamuzu Barracks counterpart Billy Phambala hailed his side for sticking to his game plan.
Wanderers have stagnated on 32 points from 22 matches while KB now have 37 points from 21 games.
At Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, Blue Eagles beat PremierBet Wizards to end a winless run in the second round.
Prior to this encounter, the Malawi Police Service (MPS) outfit had gone five games without a victory following four draws and a loss.
Two quick second-half goals by Phillip Masiye and Gregory Nachipo made sure the Eagles returned to their Lilongwe nest with three points from possible six as they suffered a 1-2 defeat by Red Lions the previous day.
The victory means Eagles have moved a place up to the third place with 39 points from 21 games. They have displaced Mafco, who suffered a 2-0 defeat by Moyale Barracks at Mzuzu Stadium.
Eagles team manager Gabriel Chirwa expressed delight with the victory, describing it as a big motivator on their league title hunt.
The match between Moyale and Mafco ended prematurely in the 72nd minute after a Mafco player Joseph Dosa hit referee Aziz Nyirenda for not awarding his team a penalty after Moyale defender Mtopijo Njewa appeared to have handled the ball in the goal area.
Chamveka Gwetsani and Khuda Muyaba scored for Moyale.
Silver Strikers remain at the summit of the log-table with 40 points from 20 matches followed by Nyasa Big Bullets, who have 39 points from 21 games.—Additional Reporting by PLEDGE JALI n