By Antony Isaiah Jr:…..
Mighty Mukuru Wanderers on Wednesday afternoon produced a blistering performance at Kamuzu Stadium to dismantle the already relegated Rumphi United in the tnm Super League.
The Lali Luban based side were 4 up at the break as Yamikani Chester, Isaac Kaliati, Aubrey Maloya and Vincent Nyangulu were on target.
Vincent Nyangulu doubled his tally in the second half before before being taken off for Muhammad Sulumba who netted a second-half hat-trick with other goals from Chester, Masamba completing a dismantling 10-0 win.
It was a historical afternoon for the Nomads at Kamuzu Stadium as their last win with such margin is dated back to no-known date.
Coach Alex Ngwira named a changed starting team, bestowing a Super League debut to the newly signed midfielder from Bangwe All Stars, Mathews Masamba and first start of the season to two starlets, Wisdom Mpinganjira and Aubrey Maloya while Misheck Botomani, Muhammad Sulumba were all relegated to the bench.
As for the Rumphi United, Jimmy Butao entrusted Anthony Singini between the posts with Prince Mhango, Chimwemwe Kaliyaza, Aggrey Msowoya,Nathan Msiska providing him with cover while Gerald Ngwira, Wellington Mkandawire, Philimon Ndhlovu, and Edward Mkandawire were in the middle of the park with Trouble Kajani
Zikani Munthali upfront.
Mighty Mukuru Wanderers flew out of the trap set by the visitors and they almost went ahead inside three opening minutes only to be denied by goalie Anthony Singini.
A 15-completed passes finished with Yamikani Chester’s curling effort being parried away by Anthony Singini before the pacey attacker saw his second attempt for the goal flying over the bar after being tide up by Isaac Kaliati.
Rumphi’s first attempt came at exactly quater-hour mark when they won a free kick just outside the penalty area after the left back, Joseph Balakasi handled the ball. Gerald Ngwira curled it but went over the bar.
The pace and precision of Nomads’ passing game was overwhelming the Leopards of Chikulamayembe, who looked overawed and bereft of any answers. The hosts were ahead in the 19th minute through Yamikani Chester before Aubrey Maloya connected home Isaac Kaliati curled cross to make it 2-0 for the hosts.
With seven minutes to go before the break, Anthony Singini was invited to make a save after Yamikani Chester broke through the defence.
Isaac Kaliati and Vincent Nyangulu scored one each before the break with emphatic finishes to put the Northerners at bay and brush away their hopes for a come back.
Wanderers baggeg second just after the recess before being taken off for Muhammad Sulumba 4 minutes later.
Rumphi United had to survive within the skin of their teeth as Mighty Wanderers were coming wage after wave and they eventually won a corner that resulted into the goal number 6. Isaac Kaliati whipped in a brilliant corner that found Mathews Masamba who headed it home to announce his arrival at the Club.
Muhammad Sulumba first strike of the day was per haps the finest of the lot. Yamikani Chester who’s form under-Ngwira’s era has been nothing short of sensational, burst forward from the middle of the park, released it to Sulumba. The former Civo United lethal forward, dribbled past one defender before hammering it home for the Nomads.
Sulumba added two and Yamikani Chester doubled his tally to complete a humiliation for the Leopards of Chikulamayembe at Kamuzu Stadium.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN? The victory means that Mighty Mukuru Wanderers are the first team to score 10 goals in a one game, beating the record that was set by Nyasa Big Bullets this season after hammering TN Stars 8-0 at the same venue.
Wanderers remain on number 4 with 44 points from 23 games and they are 4 points behind the third-placed side, Kamuzu Barracks who have played two more games.
It was the first of Rumphi’s three-away games as they will travel to Mponela to face Civo Service United and then against TN Stars in Kasungu before returning home.
They remain slumped to the bottom of the table with 10 points from 27 games.
SULUMBA LEADS THE CHART
Despite being given only 40 minutes, Muhammad Sulumba managed to utilise the weaknesses of the Leopards of Chikulamayembe to net his treble and lead the scoring chart.
The former Polokwane City and Nyasa Big Bullets striker was thrown in after 5 minutes from recess replacing Vincent Nyangulu who had already two goals to his name by that time.
It took only 18 minutes for the towering striker to has his name on the scoresheet. With the defensive midfield cover of Mathews Masamba, fueled their pacey attacker, Yamikani Chester to burst forward from the midfield and releasing Muhammad Sulumba who took only one defender to stray before unleashing a hammer shot into the roof of the net.
At 7-0, Rumphi United were completely out of the game and Sulumba had to utilize that to have his second goal of the day before completing his treble in the 83rd minute connecting home a superb pass from Misheck Botomani.
The hat-trick lifts Sulumba to the top of the scoring chat with 13 goals, 12 of those are from the open play with only one goal from the 12-yards.
After Sulumba, are Babatunde Adepoju and Chawanangwa Kaonga of Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers respectively who have scored 12 goals each.