TNM Super League leaders Be Forward Wanderers had a bad ending to the first round yesterday when they lost 2-3 to Moyale Barracks at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
The Nomads went into the game underrating their opponents who lost 1-4 to rookies Ntopwa FC the previous day and were in buoyant mood, having already won the first half of the season before the encounter.
Wanderers remain at the summit of the 16-team log table with 33 points from 15 games, three clear of second-placed Kamuzu Barracks who played out a goalless draw against Mzuni FC in Kasungu.
Champions Nyasa Big Bullets are fourth with 29 points, while Moyale have now moved up to ninth with 15 points.
Yesterday, the Lali Lubani Road outfit drew first blood in the 31st minute through Babatunde Adepoju’s strike for the first half to end 1-0.
However, Moyale came back into the game to equalise in the 55th minute through Deus Nkutu before Francisco Madinga restored Wanderers’ lead three minutes later.
Moyale levelled the scores again in the 77th minute through Gastin Simkonda’s thunderbolt after Wanderers failed to clear the their defensive lines.
Then came the killer punch in the 85th minute when Nkutu took advantage of a goal mouth scramble to earn his brace.
“This was a difficult game. We missed a lot of scoring opportunities. We did not play as Wanderers, especially in the second half,” said Wanderers head coach Bob Mpinganjira.
On his part, his Moyale counterpart Collins Nkuna applauded his charges for a spirited performance.
“Today there was nothing to lose after losing to Ntopwa. I told the boys to attack in numbers and I am happy to return home with three points in our bag,” he said. In other final games of the first round, Civil Sporting thrashed Masters Security 3-0 at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe to be seventh on the table with 24 points. Fletcher Bandawe scored a brace while Raphael Phiri struck once.