After dropping points over the weekend against Mafco, Mighty Mukuru Wanderers on Tuesday once again dropped vital points as they were held to a goalless draw by Civil Service United at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe in the TNM Super League.
Going into the game, both teams, Wanderers and Civil were needing the points as they have different objectives.
Mighty Wanderer gave Alfred Manyozo a rare start after being out of the team for almost 6 games but he once again failed to impress as he was failing the dictate the midfield.
As a tactical approach, the Coach for Civo deployed Bashir maunde as a holding midfielder to stop Noma from distributing the deadly balls from the middle of the park.
Both teams had scoring opportunities to score in the first half bit they were not clinical enough so too in the second half.
Civo had two clear cut chances through Christopher Kumwembe and Innocent Tanganyika while Wanderers had a great chance through Balikinyo Mwakanyongo.
Eddington Ng’onamo, Coach for Mighty Wanderers tried a 3:4:3 formation but he changed it to 3:2:5 as he was scouring for a winning goal.
Earlier in the second half, Joseph Balakasi missed a glorious chance from the close range but he blasted his shot wide.
Mighty Wanderers finished the game with 6 attacking players namely Chiukepo Msowoya, Muhammad Sulumba, Vincent Nyangulu, Mischek Botoman, Vitumbiko Kumwenda and Mpinganjira but the mission proved futile as Civo had an unbudging rock at the back with John Dambuleni, Boston Kabango, Timothy Silwimba, Kelvin Kadzinje forming a back 3.
As for Civo, Jakama kumwembe, Dan Kumwenda, Moses Banda and Innocent Tanganyika were all taken off for Henry Msowoya, Victor Lungu, Luke Chima and Willard Dickson as they also pressing for the winner.
There was a goal drought after 90 minutes plus 10 minutes of added time.
The draw means Wanderers are going to the commercial City with 2 points from a possible 6 and they have gone three games without a win.
They have flunked to curtail their gap with the second-placed Blue eagles to just 3 points. They remain third on the 16-member table with 25 points from 14 games while Cops have 30 points from the same number of games.
The Lali Luban based side are 13 points behind their fierce neighbours, Nyasa Big Bullets who are on the summit of the table with 38 points from 14 games.
In their next game, Nomads will wrap up their first 2022 Super League round with a home game against Karonga United at Kamuzu Stadium.
As for Civo, they have climbed up to 8th place displacing Karonga on goal difference but they have played a game more that Ingwina. Civo have 17 points from 14 games and they will wrap up their first round with an away game against Dedza Dynamos at Dedza Stadium.
In a post match interviews, Coach for Mighty Wanderers, Eddington Ng’onamo was contented with the point but attributed the draw to fatigue of his charges.
“We travelled from Dwangwa and the boys looked tired. We came here to defend and take a point. It was a good game. We will put our efforts into the last game. The pitch was not conducive for us. Getting two points from Central is a good result.”
His counterpart, Gabriel Chirwa team manager for Civil Service said his boys lacked composure.
Chirwa said, “It’s a good result because Wanderers are a good team. We played well in the first half and created many chances but a lack of composure has costed us. We will go back and rectify where necessary.”
Chirwa added that they will take their last game against the resilient Dedza wildly as they are looking to seal the Airtel Top 8 spot.
Action returns on Wednesday as Silver Strikers will be taking on Kasungu-based boys, TN Stars.