Wanderers, Blue Eagles Share Spoils, Bad day for Dedza


Mighty Mukuru Wanderers and Blue Eagles shared a point each after a one-all stalemate at Kamuzu Stadium in the commercial City, Blantyre on Sunday afternoon.

Mukuru-sponsored Wanderers took an early lead through the current in-form striker, Muhammad Sulumba but Mecium Mhone had to break his goal drought as he equalised for the Cops in the 33th minute.

Going into the game, both teams were in need of points as they are all chasing for the league leaders, Nyasa Big Bullets and the Championship.

Mighty Mukuru Wanderers technical panel led by Eddington Ng’onamo maintained the same team that beat Red Lions fortnight ago as the front three had Natural strikers, Sulumba, Chiukepo and Nyangulu while Chair Kaliyati and Chester were given the free role each with their talented midfielder, Mwakanyongo as a holder.

Stanly Sanudi, Gabeya, Kalowole and Balakasi formed the back four while the veteran goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa was between Blue Eagles’ Kananji led-panel made three changes from the team that played a goalless draw against Civil before international break. Arthur Moffat, Franko Ndawa Jr, Onesmo Mbendera all rested for Trouble Banda, Ian Chinyama and Jacob Robert.

Mecium Mhone, Gaddie Chirwa and Schumacker Kuwali were the front three, Paul Master, Gaddie Chirwa were in the engine room.

Sankhani Mkandawire and Lameck Mc Donald formed the partnership in the heart of defence while Brighton Munthali was in goals.

Blue Eagles were team that started on a high note as they were looking to find an early goal to settle down as Paul Master unleashed a thunderous shot from distant outside the box but it went wide.

However, things turned against them as Muhammad Sulumba came from nowhere with an individual brilliance and scoring with a missile outside the box to give the Mukuru-sponsored Wanderers the lead in the 6th minute.

The goal was gorgeous, and it was the one that took out Blue Eagles’ from the game and Wanderers started dominating the game.

Balikinyo Mwakanyongo, Yamikani Chester, Vincent Nyangulu, Stainley Sanudi were igniting fire for Wanderers giving joy to Nomads who turned up to cheer for their team.

Mighty Wanderers could have extended their lead in the 11th minute of the game as Chiukepo Msowoya was spotted by Sanudi inside the box but he missed the target.

There was a penalty appeal from Blue Eagles as Stanley Sanudi seemed to have touched the ball inside the box but the referee decided to turn deaf ears.

Chiukepo once again had a chance to register his name on the score sheet after being spotted by Balakasi from the left flank but Brighton Munthali was too smart to deny him from scoring his sixth of the season.

In the 33th minute, Blue Eagles equalised through Mecium Mhone capitalizing Richard Chipuwa’s kindergarten mistake after fumbling the shot that was unleashed from far by Gilbert Chirwa.

Muhammad Sulumba had a flying header saved by Brighton Munthali just few minutes before the game after connecting Sanudi’s cross from the right flank. Chiukepo was appealing for a penalty as he claimed to have been pushed away by Sankhani Mkandawire.

After the first half, it was one each.

Wanderers had 6 attempts with three shots on target while Blue Eagles had 5 attempts with one on target.

Vincent Nyangulu for Mighty Wanderers was struggling as he was very invisible in the game.

Blue Eagles’ wing, Schumacker Kuwali was also struggling as he was looked very selfish in the game thereby hindering Eagles from finding the second game.

In second half, the tempo and intensity of the game looked to have stepped down.

In the 50th minute, Muhammad Sulumba had a super run into the box before releasing Chiukepo Msowoya who failed to connect the pass, he instead layed it off to Nyangulu who was in his company but he rifled it over the bar.

Mecium Mhone would have netted his second in the game but thanks to Richard Chipuwa who came into rescue for Mighty Wanderers as he used his fingers to tip it away from him.

Yamikani Chester received a super pass from Sanudi on the edge of the box but his effort went into the air in the 55th minute.

Sankhani Mkandawire was booked for a dangerous foul in his former Teammate, Sankhani Mkandawire in the 565th minute

57th minute, Gaddie Chirwa broke through the left flank but Gabeya was very fast to block the attack that was very dangerous.

Eddington Ng’onamo introduced former Blue Eagles player, Vitumbiko Kumwenda for Isaac Kaliyati in the 60th minute with the objective of upping his game.

Gaddie Chirwa broke through the right flank but his effort to find Kuwali inside the box was blocked by Gabeya in the 70th minute.

Muhammad Sulumba missed from unmissable place with his header after receiving a brilliant cross from Balakasi in the 74th minute.

Two minutes later, Schumacker Kuwali had a superb pass to Trouble Banda but his shot from close range went over the bar.

Blue Eagles make two substitions as Stuart Mbunge and Chikondi Mvula were introduced for Micium Mhone and Schumacher Kuwali to ignite fire and up the intensity of the game in the 80th minute.

Wanderers had a chance to use a set piece from outside the box but Sanudi’s shot went straight into the palms of goalkeeper, Brighton Munthali in the 81th minute.

Chikondi Mvula would have been a super substitute two minutes after his introduction as he rifled a shot after receiving a pass from Chinyama but this time Chipuwa was equal to the task.

Sulumba and Sanudi combined in the midfield before releasing Bottoman but Sankhani cleared the dangerous attack for a corner that yielded nothing for Wanderers 5 minutes before full time.

With a defensive mind, Elia Kananji introduced defender Onesmo Mbendera for attacker, Trouble Banda.

Vitumbiko had a goal ruled out in the added time after connecting Sanudi’s corner but Referee saw an infringement and awarded a free kick to Eagles.

The game ended one all.

In the post match interviews, Assistant Coach for Blue Eagles Christopher Sibale said getting a point away from is not bad.

He said, “We have played well but were failed to create chances. Its part of the game, after conceding we told the boys and they sticked to it.

“We made changes to find goals but it didn’t work. We are satisfied. The competition is getting tougher, every team is fighting for points, so collecting a point away from home its not bad.”

His counterpart, Josephy Kamwendo assistant coach for Mighty Wanderers said strikers were lacking composure.

“We created so many chances but we failed to utilise them, ” said Kamwendo.

“Yes we lacked composure, so the system has been working for us but today it has not, we are disappointed.

“All the three strikers are the one who have been scoring for us and we believe in them, only that today it has not worked.

“Blue Eagles are a well organized team and they are yet to taste a defeat, but playing at home we had a chance of winning it.

“Blue Eagles have lethal front forwards so making such mistakes its a risk, we have learnt through mistakes and we will change.”

Following the result, Blue Eagles have reduced their gap with Bullets to 6 and they remain on the second place. They have 29 points while Bullets have 35 with all playing 13 games each.

Mighty Wanderers are winless in their last 5 games against Blue Eagles.

The Cops are winless in their last 4 games as they recorded draws in all of them.

The Nomads sit third on the table with 23 points from 12 games. They have Civil Service, Mafco and Karonga United on their menu before finishing the first round.

Elsewhere, TN Stars produced an epic come-back as they came from 2 nill down to 2-all draw against Civil at Kasungu Stadium. Bashir Maunde scored from a direct free-kick in the first half before Christopher Kumwembe doubled the lead.

However, TN Stars were not dead and buried as Martin Msewa pulled one back in the second half before Frank Chizuze snatching a point for the Nguluyawanambe.

Civil are on number 7 with 16 points from 13 games and their next assignment is against Mighty Wanderers at home before finishing the first round with a game against Dedza Dynamos.

TN Stars are on number 15 with 9 points from 13 games. Silver Strikers and Blue Eagles are on their way before going for break.

In Rumphi, Khumbo Msowoya scored the only goal that saw Karonga United collecting maximum points over Rumphi United to go 16 points above relegation zone.

Karonga are on 8th with 16 points from 12 points while Rumphi United remain slumped at the bottom of the table with 9 points from 13 games.

There was a one all stalemate at Civil Stadium in Lilongwe between sable Farming and Kamuzu Barracks.

Christopher Gototo scored for Sable in the first half but it was cancelled by former Silver Strikers player, Chimwemwe Chisambi in the second half.

The Chiradzulu based farmers played the entire second half 45 minutes with man down as Bullets loanee Kitsen White was sent off early in the second half for dangerous foul on Venom’s player.

Kamuzu Barracks are on 4th position with 20 points from 12 games and their next assignment is a home game against Flying Bullets while Sable are on 14th with 10 points from 11 games.

In Dwangwa at Chitowe Stadium, former Bullets midfielder, Bernald Chimaimba and Paul Phiri helped one another to destroy Dedza Dynamos as they scored one each in a game that Mafco beat the rookies 2-0 in their return to the pitch after their accident some four weeks ago.

Mafco are now on 5th position with 18 points from 12 games while Dedza are on 13th with 12 points from 11 games.

Actions continue on Wednesday with Sable Farming taking on Dedza Dynamos at Balaka Stadium and Moyale will host Red Lions at Mzuzu Stadium.

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