Be Forward Wanderers yesterday maintained their grip on the top of the TNM Super League table when they beat champions Kamuzu Barracks (KB) 1-0 at Balaka Stadium.
Veteran forward Esau ‘Black Mamba’ Kanyenda struck the priceless goal for the Nomads a minute before recess when he swung up-field to plant home Stanley Sanudi’s well-curled free-kick.
Following the win, the Nomads have 38 points from 16 games—a point above Silver Strikers who, however, have played a game more.
In a highly physical contest played in sweltering conditions, the Nomads dominated the proceedings in the first half in which they created a plethora of chances, but failed to convert them.
Jaffalie Chande missed from close range so did Kanyenda.
KB were an improved side in the second half and forced the hosts into rearguard action, but they failed to convert their chances into goals.
Kanyenda was denied a double mid-way the second half when he scored through a header from another set-piece, but one of the assistant referees had his flag up for offside.
Wanderers team manager Stevie Madeira described the match as tough.
“It was a tough and physical game, we were up against a good team who are also the champions, but what matters is the result.
“After the Carlsberg Cup final loss, we needed this win to lift our spirits and keep our title aspirations on the boil,” he said.
But the Lilongwe-based Malawi Defence Force (MDF) outfit’s coach Billy Phambala attributed his team’s loss to poor officiation.
“Officiation continues to be a problem, we keep on complaining but it seems nothing is being done about it,” he said.
At Silver Stadium in Lilongwe, Silver edged PremierBet Wizards 1-0 to keep pace with the Nomads.
Mathews Sibale scored the lone goal in the 73rd minute, albeit in controversial circumstances as Wizards claimed it was scored from an off-side position.
Azam Tigers were also 3-0 winners over table-anchors Chitipa United at Chilomoni Stadium in Blantyre.
The Kau-Kau Boys led 1-0 at half time courtesy of Nickson Mwase’s strike. They went on to score two more goals in the second half through Luka Chima and Sibisibwe Kanyika.
Moyale Barracks beat Masters Security 2-1 at Dedza Stadium. Wiseman Kamanga and Chamveka Gwetsani were on target for the Mzuzu-based soldiers while Patience Kalumo netted for Masters. n