Moyale Barracks forward Lloyd Njaliwa’s 90th minute strike condemned Be Forward Wanderers to their third defeat in the TNM Super League at Mzuzu Stadium yesterday.
Just as the fans thought the match would end goalless, the sky fell on the Nomads when Njaliwa pounced to claim a late winner and disappointment was the prevalent emotion in the Nomads camp after the final whistle.
The Nomads, who are reeling under a pile of administrative wrangles, remain 11th in the 16-team top-flight league with 10 points from nine matches.
They have only won two, lost three and drawn four.
In an interview, the Blantyre-based outfit’s coach Bob Mpinganjira said it was a tough match.
He said: “Our opponents played long balls and as a result, we struggled to play our usual passing game.
“Our players were also rusty due to the long lay-off.
“After yesterday’s [Saturday] win over Ekwendeni Hammers, we felt we would build up from there and return to Blantyre with full points or, at least, four. It is disappointing, but I should thank my players for their fighting spirit.”
Moyale assistant coach Pritchard Mwansa applauded his troops for fighting to the very end.
The Mzuzu-based Malawi Defence Force side has moved three places up the ladder from 15th to 12th. They have nine points from 10 matches.
At Nankhaka in Lilongwe, Civil Service (Civo) United also left it late to edge Blue Eagles 1-0 through Ranken Mwale’s strike.
The Civil Servants, who remain the only unbeaten side in the league, have displaced their capital city rivals from the summit of the table.
They have 20 points from 10 matches having five and drawn five matches as well while Eagles are 11th with 10 points from 12 matches.
In Karonga, Khumbo Ngámbi struck the lone goal as Chitipa United saw-off Salima-based Malawi Defence Force side Mafco 1-0.
This was Chitipa’s second win, but they still anchor the table with seven points from 10 matches.