By Cyrus Bengo

Mighty Mukuru Wanderers have made it six wins out of six games against Ekwendeni Hammers as they showered their fans with ecstasy after a 2-1 win at the frenzied Mzuzu Stadium.

Vincent Nyangulu’s second half heroic performance inspired the Nomads to the third place with 32 points and they have tied their collections with Silver Strikers and Chitipa United.

The hosts, Ekwendeni Hammers allowed Mighty Mukuru Wanderers plenty of possession in the opening stages of the game as the Nomads aimed to keep things tight in the title race which seems to be three-horse.

The back foot approach almost backfired when Mphatso Magaleta conceded a free-kick in his own half. Stanley Sanudi invited Innocent Kamwambi who was unfortunate not to finish the game due to injury to make an important save in just two minutes on the clock.

The Nomads tried to build from the back and Stanley Sanudi who was slotted into the midfield orchestrated the attack but Mhango could only fire straight into the palms of onrushing Kamwambi.

The Nomads continued to dominate the possession but the Iron Boys showed their threat on the break when Sammy Phiri closed down Wisdom Mpinganjira on the left flank with only Miracle Gabeya to save the Nomads from the damage.

Hammers were seemingly happy to be inviting pressure. Mighty Mukuru Wanderers threatened Hammer’s defence thrice in three minutes. Isaac Kaliati who was operating as the left back whipped in the cross that Vincent Nyangulu pounced on but his touch was blocked by Kitsen White for a corner. Miracle Gabeya reacted to the saved corner and Kamwambi tipped his shot over the bar for the the second corner. Again, Gabeya was in thick of things when he planted his header over the bar after thundering Sanudi’s corner-kick.

The visitors seemed to be determined to avoid the heart break before the break as the hosts were pilling pressure. Blessings Singini forced Thole to tip the ball over the bar before volleying his effort over just before the break.

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On the other end, Mighty Mukuru Wanderers tried to punish the hosts on counter attack. Stanley Sanudi whipped in the resulting corner and Lawrence Chaziya’s looping header missed the upright.

Mighty Mukuru Wanderers were out dogging for the goal in the second half. Vincent Nyangulu thought that he was on the score-sheet but his goal was chopped off for offside. Vitumbiko kumwenda poked forward before unleashing a thunderous shot that was cannoyed the cross-bar.

Micah Chiyenda who replaced injured Kamwambi failed to clear a long ball forward, and Nyangulu seized on the opportunity, poking a low shot past the goalkeeper and put the Nomads ahead.

Inevitably, Ekwendeni Hammers threw players forward to try to rescue the contest, but that let them be exposed, and Wanderers capitlised. Gaddie Chirwa was hooked off for Madinga and the former Dilla Gori winger slotted the ball towards Vitumbiko who poked a shot past Chiyenda for a second to Wanderers, a killer blow for the hosts who had just suffered one home defeat this season.

Ekwendeni Hammers registered their interest in the game when Wongani Lungu pulled one back. Sammy Phiri’s shot was deflected off the leg of Chaziya into the path of Lungu who nestled the ball into the bottom corner.

Miracle who denied Mphatso Magaleta from equalising paved away for Peter Cholopi after sustaining an injury. Isaac Kaliati was denied by Chiyenda from hitting the roof of the net from free-kick.

The Nomads will face Chitipa United in their next game at Karonga Stadium.

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