Nomads overwhelm Masters

Be Forward Wanderers yesterday turned on a vintage display at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre to thump Masters Security FC 6-1 to record their fifth-straight win in the TNM Super League.

However, the resounding victory was not enough to take them to the summit of the 16-team log-table as they remained second  and tied on 22 points with third-placed TN Stars of Kasungu.

Wanderers, who have played nine matches and have a game in hand, have a better goal difference than the Kasunga-based rookies.

Babatunde celebrates after scoring one of his goals

Lilongwe-based Kamuzu Barracks (KB) maintained their lead on the log table with 23 points from 10 games following a 2-1 win over fellow Malawi Defence Force (MDF) outfit Moyale Barracks of Mzuzu at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

However, the Wanderers’ victory was probably the most interesting affair of the day as Man-of-the-Match Babatunde Adepoju and Francis Mkonda, who joined the Lali Lubani Road outfit after Masters Security won the Carlsberg Cup last season, showed no mercy to their former club by scoring a hat-trick and a brace, respectively.

Isaac Kaliati scored the other goal while Amadu Makawa notched Masters’ consolation through a penalty.

The victory was too sweet for the Nomads that their coach Bob Mpinganjira stopped celebrating the goals.

Adepoju struck on the 43rd, 63rd and 79th minute to keep the fire burning as the league’s leading scorer with 10 goals from nine games.

Mkonda drew first blood from Adepoju’s assist in the 37th minute before scoring the last goal of the first half in the 46th minute. Isaac Kaliati added a gloss to Nomads’ emphatic triumph with a simple finish in the 61st minute.  

“We are happy to have recorded our second biggest victory this season. We worked hard and everything went according to plan,” Mpinganjira said.

Masters coach Abbas Makawa said it was painful to suffer such an embarrassing defeat with their former stars being the main architects.

He, however, blamed their poor striking prowess for the loss rather than their defence.

This was a fifth meeting between the two sides since Masters were promoted in 2017 in which Wanderers have won four games while one game ended in a goal-less draw.

At Civo Stadium, Kamuzu Barracks triumphed through Manase Chiyesa’s brace as Deus Mkutu scored Moyale’s consolation.

At Kasungu Stadium, TN Stars beat Eagles through a Davie Nthini strike

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