Love him or loathe him, this is Mighty Be Forward Wanderers striker Peter Wadabwa’s show and you just have to deal with it.
So many times he has rescued Wanderers and yesterday he took his tally to nine goals in the TNM Super League when he scored a brace in the Nomads’ 2-1 victory over Kamuzu Barracks at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
The striker was on fire as the Nomads put aside their league loss to Blue Eagles and collected maximum points to move to position six, with 23 points from 13 games.
But he has to thank striking partner Jimmy Zakazaka, who was the architect of both goals while KB scored from the spot-kick through goalkeeper Lemman Nthala.
Wadabwa scored the first goal in the 17th minute against the run of play when Zakazaka laid it for him to shoot to the far post.
The ball hit the post before settling at the corner of the net, leaving KB Nthala sprawled.
Wadabwa came back to torment the soldiers in the 30th minute, this time heading in from Zakazaka’s cross.
The soldiers’ response was too late as the damage was already done.
Although they tried to come back they could only manage a consolation in added time.
Nthala converted a penalty after defender Boston Kabango handled in the box. Kabango also conceded a penalty when the Nomads lost 2-1 to Blue Eagles.This time, he was shown a red card.
Wanderers team manager Steve Madeira said he was worried with the way the Nomads are finishing their matches.
“It seems we are conceding goals late in the game. Last time we conceded a penalty and lost to Blue Eagles. It was also Boston [Kabango]. Today he played well apart from that penalty. Luckily, this time have won—two brilliant goals from Wadabwa. But we will have to rectify that problem,” he said.
Kamuzu Barracks assistant coach Ted Kalinda bemoaned the officiation.
“I think most of the decisions were against us. Apart from that penalty, the officiation was bad. But Wanderers should also be commended for utilising their chances,” he said.
The victory came at a price as the Nomads lost goalkeeper Nenani Juwaya and midfielder Rafiq Mussa due to injuries.
Juwaya was replaced by Peter Munthali while Rafiq Namwela came in for Mussa.
The match was a dress rehearsal as the two sides clash in Carlsberg Cup round of 16.
In other Super League matches, Dwangwa United stunned Civo United 2-1 at Civo Stadium while Moyale Barracks narrowly beat Red Lions 1-0 at Mzuzu Stadium.