By Lifu Litete
Mighty Wanderers Assistant Coach and club legend Joseph Kamwendo threw sportsmanship aside and singled out his players for criticism after the Nomads conceded late to give Silver Strikers a 2-1 league win at the Silver Stadium on Saturday.
Kamwendo told reporters post match that he was not amused by defender Miracle Gabeya’s 85th minute mistake which gave Silver forward Stain Dave a chance to score the Bankers’ winner after the two teams were tied 1-1 until the 84th minute.
“We managed to come back into the game. We equalised. Now another costly mistake again from our senior player. Second mistake, last week against KB, Gabeya also cost us the game and this week the same thing again. We cant keep on repeating the same mistakes. As senior players, they need to lead by example. We cant keep making the same mistakes week in week out,’ said a visibly exasperated Kamwendo.
Kamwendo would be forgiven for his frustration as his team has now dropped into position seven with 10 points from seven games with their latest loss. Wanderers have already lost three games at this early stage of the season and for a team wanting to challenge for the title, Kamwendo knows such a feat is a tall order.
“These are the games we need to be winning if we are to compete for the title,” the Flames legend told reporters.
On the pitch, the first half produced nothing to write about and the first shot on target came after 24 minutes when Silver goalie Charles Thom was called into action to deal with an in swinging Vitumbiko Kumwendas’ freekick from the right and the two teams failed to hit the target and went into the break tied at 0-0.
There was some life into the game in the second half and Wanderers could have gone ahead a minute after recess but Chiukepo Msowoya shot wide just outside the penalty box after he was set up by Kumwenda who had done some excellent work on the left flank.
It was Silver Strikers who broke the deadlock in the 60th minute.
Nyoni was left with acres of space just outside the box and the former Simba FC winger made full use of the available space to unleash a grass cutting thunderbolt which goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa failed to deal with.
Wanderers coach Edingtone Ng’onamo sensed danger and made a triple substitution taking out Isaac Kaliati, Aubrey Maloya and Vitumbiko Kumwenda for Muhammad Sulumba, Felix Zulu and Yamikani Chester.
That substitution made instant impact as substitute Muhammad Sulumba rose highest to connect home a Stanley Sanudi cross from the right.
That goal energized the Nomads and Sulumba could have put the visitors in front but Silver goalie Charles Thom reacted quickest to fumble the striker’s shot from inside the box.
And against the run of play Silver were back in front again this time around striker Stain Dave benefitting from a Miracle Gabeyas’ mishap. The defender’s back header landed on Dave’s foot when the intended destination was goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa and Dave had no time to control the ball as his first time volley beat Chipuwa on his near post.
Wanderers players could be seen putting their hands on their heads in a clear sign of conceding defeat as that goal came with just 5 minutes left to play.
The Nomads tried to push for an equaliser but it would never come as the Bankers held on for a win that relieves the pressure on Silver Coach Daniel Kabwe, at least for now. The Bankers have now moved into fifth position with 11 points from seven matches.
At Civo Stadium, winger Ndaona Daisi scored late to cancel out Christopher Kumwembe’s early goal as Kamuzu Barracks settled for a 1-1 draw with Civo United.
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