Be Forward Wanderers team manager Victor Maunde has said winning the Super League first round has put them in the title race as their players will have confidence in the campaign.
Nomads will pocket K1 million for the feat which was achieved when second-placed Kamuzu Barracks (KB) drew one-all with Masters Security at Civo Stadium on Wednesday.
The result wrote off the Malawi Defence Force side’s chances of overtaking the leaders.
With a match to go before wrapping up the first round, Wanderers have 33 points while KB, the only team that had a meaningful chance to overthrow the Nomads, have 29 points.
“It feels good to finish top as this offers us a significant chance to win the title,” said Maunde.
He was optimistic that there will be no laxity in the remaining matches.
Wanderers face Moyale Barracks at Kamuzu Stadium in their last first-round match tomorrow.
“There is high competition in the team. Every player knows that poor performance will lead to someone taking over his position. We, therefore, expect the players to be more focused,” he said.
KB came from behind to draw with Masters and their assistant coach Ted Kalinda said they were frustrated to miss the maximum three points.
Masters led in the first half through Allion Tchefu but forward Ndaona Daisi levelled for KB who face Mzuni FC at Kasungu Stadium this Saturday.
“The hopes of winning the first round are gone but we are still up there for the title challenge. What we need is to win the final match so we are not far off in the title race,” he said.
The draw left Masters with two points above relegation zone, leaving their coach Abbas Makawa upset. “We came here to win the match. we have been meeting KB and we have been beating them. It is unfortunate we didn’t win,” he said.