Nyasa United walked 20 Kamuzu Stadium fans down the memory lane by parading six former Super League household names, but unfortunately, for some of them, it was for wrong reasonsâ€”wastefulness.
Aggrey Kanyenda, Chiyembekezo Zidana, Elia Kananji, Chikondi Banda, Kuruwa Ngwira and John Phiri were in the thick of things as Nyasa drew 1-1 with rock-bottom Rock United in a Peter Mutharika Southern Region Football League (SRFL) Premier Division match that was worth watching.
While Kanyenda earned attention for excelling in defence as a sweeper, Ngwira and Phiri did so for careless shooting in front of goal on a soggy pitch.
Ngwira stepped forward to blast his penalty wide in the 75thÂ minute before the ex-Bata Bullets star Phiri, who had replaced Banda, emulated the bad example in doing great injustice Steve Daile over-to-you square pass by shooting wide.
Rock had gone in front in the 35thÂ minute through Isaac Phiriâ€™s cool finish in a counter-attack before Thoko Chimbali levelled matters with a near-post curling shot amid a downpour.
First-half ended 1-1. The second-half should have separated men from boys, but it was not to be.
Rock remain bottom on 15 points from 26 games. The 15th-placed Nyasa, who have 24 points from 27 games, are unbeaten in five games.
The Wanderers legend Kanyenda earned himself credit for Nyasaâ€™s revival saying: â€œI told them [our coaches] that I should be playing in defence as I have an insight into how strikers operate. Since I switched to defence, we have never lost.â€
On the same Saturday, SRFL leaders Nchalo United lost 1-3 away to Mwanza Eagles who scored through Byson Lupia, Clement Chihana and Davie Jimu. Nchalo have 66 points from 30 games.