Mighty Wanderers yesterday boosted their TNM Super League title hopes with a 2-0 triumph over Ekwendeni Hammers at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
The victory means that third-placed Nomads are two points behind leaders Nyasa Big Bullets (56 points) and a single point behind second-placed Silver Strikers on the 16-team table.
Each of the top-three teams has now played 28 games and remains with two games to conclude their fixtures.
The Nomads will end their four-year league title drought if they win their remaining games and pray that Bullets and Silver stumble in one of their remaining matches.
Yesterday, the Lali Lubani Road outfit, who revived their title ambition—on Sunday after beating Bullets 1-0 for the first time in nine years in the league—dominated for the better part of the match.
It was no surprise, therefore, to see them getting their first goal as early as the 16th minute when Yunus Sherrif connected home a loose ball in the box. Veteran striker Peter Wadabwa put the score-margin beyond Ekwendeni’s reach when he came off the bench to score in the 80th minute.
However, Ekwendeni gave the hosts a tough time with occasional attacks in the Nomads territory, notably when Eneya Banda’s shot was saved by goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa.
In an interview, Wanderers coach Bob Mpinganjira said the victory gave them hope that they win the league.
He said: “We came into this game with a purpose. It has been a long time since we won the league title and everybody knows that our dream might be realised if we win both of our remaining games.
“Ekwendeni gave us a tough time on the pitch, but our determination made us win”
His counterpart Etson Kadenge Mwafulirwa, whose side is eyeing the Airtel Top Eight, said they tried their best only that luck was not on their side.
They are currently stuck on 10th position with 38 points from 28 games. They still have a chance of a top-eight finish if they win their two remaining matches.
In the other match yesterday, TN Stars beat Red Lions 2-1 at Kasungu Stadium to move three steps up to sixth place and conclude their fixtures on 43 points.