By Antony Isaiah Jr
Dedza Dynamos Salima Sugar Football Club and Mighty Wanderers have on Sunday afternoon shared pickings after a 2-all stalemate at Dedza Stadium in the tnm Super League.
Mighty Wanderers came from 2-goal down to recoup a point as Dedza Dynamos were steering by two goals to nill at the break.
Clement Nyondo gave the Salima Sugar sponsored side a lead in the 37th minute after a beautiful pass from former Karonga United midfielder, Victor Lungu before Edward Dakalira thickened the lead just before the break.
Vitumbiko Kumwenda reduced the arrears within the first 3 minutes from the restart before defender, Miracle Gabeya levelled the scores in the 87th minute.
Mighty Wanderers coach, Alex Ngwira was happy with the results but was quick to blame the officiation for making dubious decisions.
“It was an arduous game but the toughness was there because of a certain element. After watching the game, we noted that some players lost concentration due to the officiation, we needed to bring new faces so that we could salvage a point,” said Ngwira.
Dan Dzimkambani was happy with the point but acknowledged the result to lack of concentration.
“Am happy with the point, we played very well, but we lost our concentration. We outplayed Wanderers but this happens in football, ” said Dzimkambani.
Mighty Wanderers have slipped to 7th place with 34 points from 19 games following Moyale Barracks’ 1-0 victory over Sable Farming in Mzuzu on Sunday afternoon.
Dedza Dynamos have moved to 8th with 32 points from 19 games.
Alex Ngwira to wait for his first league win
Alex Ngwira started his life at Mighty Mukuru Wanderers with an impressive performance as he led Wanderers to cruise easily into the quarterfinals of the FDH Bank Cup after beating Dedza Dynamos at Dedza Stadium before another masterclass performance in the quarterfinals against Kamuzu Barracks.
However, the wait for his first victory with Wanderers goes on with as he has registered his second draw in League.
His first game as the Head Coach for Nomads was against Nyasa Big Bullets where he salvaged a point in a hard way after coming from behind to hold the people’s team in a 3-all stalemate.
Ngwira named a strong starting Xi that included Richard Chipuwa in goals, Captain Stanley Sanudi, Miracle Gabeya, Joseph Balakasi at the back.
Francis Mkonda, Vitumbiko Kumwenda, Isaac Kaliati, Felix Zulu in the engine room while Misheck Botomani and Vincent Nyangulu paired up upfront.
Prior to this game, Wanderers had scored 10 goals under Ngwira’s tenure but the majority of the goals had been coming from either set pieces or crosses, things that Dan Dzimkambani had to understudy before the game.
Dzimkambani started with a back three system that translates to 3 at the back, 5 in the midfield and 2 upfront on the ball and 5 at the back, 3 in the middle of the park and 2 upfront off the ball.
The system disturbed Nomads’ play as their wingers, Vitumbiko Kumwenda, Isaac Kaliati were unable to send crosses for Vincent Nyangulu and Misheck Botomani to use.
Victor Lungu, Edward Dakalira, Ibrahim Sadik outplayed Wanderers’ midfield that comprised of Francis Mkonda, Felix Zulu, Isaac Kaliati.
Victor Lungu combined with Edward Dakalira before releasing Promise Kamwendo whose goal-bound shot was blocked for a corner in the 5th minute.
After knocking for several times, Dedza Dynamos break the deadlock in yhe 37th minute when Victor was in the thick of things when he teeid up Clement Nyondo who turned and slotting it past Richard Chipuwa to send Dedza Stadium into ruptures.
Dedza came nearly from extending their lead when Promise Kamwendo break on the right flank but his shot was blocked by Joseph Balakasi.
Edward Dakalira thickened the lead with two minutes before the break when he received the ball from Victor, 30 meters Chipuwa’s goals before sending a missiles that Chipuwa failed to make an attempt of saving it.
Wanderers miss Chester, Adeleke Kalowole
A point against Dedza Dynamos, a team that is very solid at their home, without three of their key players Mighty Mukuru Wanderers, its a thing that they could not even complain about.
The Nomads went into the game without Yamikani Chester, Adeleke Kalowole, Chiukepo Msowoya and William Thole.
The Impact that was evident was the absence of Yamikani Chester and Adeleke Kalowole.
Lack of Chester who is a very skillful and pacey attacker in the midfield allowed Dedza to shine while Kalowole’s void was filled by Peter Cholopi.
Yamikani Chester is one of the players who has seen his form back with the coming of Alex Ngwira, grabbing man of the match awards in two games and being recalled into Flames Camp.
However, in the second half, Wanderers started forgetting that they had no Chester who could bring the miracles and wonders in the game as they upped their game, pumping more players into the attacking zone.
The goal that Francis Mkonda netted just two minutes from the restart gave his team the confidence and their toil got paid in the 87th minute when Gabeya equalised.
Wisdom Mpinganjira, Alfred Manyozo and Muhammad Sulumba were introduced for Vitumbiko Kumwenda, Peter Cholopi, and Felix Zulu.
The change aroused the Wanderers’ attack as they were coming wave after wave to find the equaliser, praise should go to Dedza’s defence as they were locking all the spaces.
The solidarity could not last longer as Misheck Botoman had a long drive that goal goalkeeper Mtinkhulu fumbled and it landed on the feet of Gabeya who simply tapped it into the net.