Mighty Mukuru Wanderers FC


Two goals from Vincent Nyangulu and Isaac Kaliati were enough for Mighty Mukuru Wanderers FC to edge resilient Kamuzu Barracks during the launch of Champion Stadium at Mponela in Dowa.

Nomads’ gaffer, Eddington Ng’onamo featured a majority of regular players in the starting line up to face the Lilongwe based soldiers. Richard Chipuwa manned the sticks while Miracle Gabeya, Peter Cholopi and Francis Mlimbika were entrusted to marshal the defence. Ng’onamo packed his midfield with 5 stars, namely; Captain Felix Zulu, Bakilihno Mwakanyongo, Vitumbiko Kumwenda with Wisdom Mpinganjira and Isaac Kaliati operating from the flanks. Man of the moment Misheck Botomani and Vincent Nyangulu were paired upfront to lead the onslaught.

The match started on a low note with both teams failing to settle and register immediate impact. In the 14th minute, Kamuzu Barracks survived a scare when Misheck Botomani’s header missed the target with a fraction of a centimeter. Kamuzu Barracks veteran pair of Deus Mkutu and Manase Chiyesa also fired blanks to the comfort of the Nomads’ goal minder, Richard Chipuwa.

The Mukuru boys tried to break the jinx by attacking in numbers but they efforts were being frustrated by KB’s bellicose defenders including Nation Harazi and Mike Ntonya.

The magical moment came in 43rd minute when Misheck Botomani had set up Vincent Nyangulu to release a thunderous 20 meters lob that left the Barracks shot stopper helplessly stunned. There were moments of ecstasy after the goal with Wisdom Mpinganjira, Felix Zulu, Misheck Botomani and Isaac Kaliati exchanging beautiful passes but their efforts couldn’t double the lead until the dot of 45.

Fifa referee Eness Gumbo summoned both sides to complete the puzzle of the last 45 minutes. Kamuzu Barracks looked determined to pull a leveller but they were victims of misfiring on a couple of instances. The Nomads however made sure that they gain a comfortable lead with a beauty from Isaac Kaliati after he released low belter of a shot outside 18 yard box that left KB’s goalie helpless. The Lali Lubani side would have increased the tally to three but like a magical movie; two rebounds from Felix Zulu and Isaac Kaliati in the 76th minute both hit the posts before the ball was cleared by KB to safety.

Towards the end of the match, the nomads made a number of changes bringing in Francis Mkonda for Vitumbiko Kumwenda, Ephraim Kondowe for Misheck Botomani, Alfred Manyozo Jnr for Bakilihno Mwakanyongo, Joseph Balakasi for Francis Mlimbika, Adeleke Kolawole for Miracle Gabeya, and Pilirani Mapira for Richard Chipuwa.

Captain Felix Zulu produced a bolstered performance and he was arguably the man of the match for the day. Coach Eddington Ng’onamo missed the services of Flames trio who are out on national duty; Stanley Sanudi, Chiukepo Msowoya and Yamikani Chester. Following the win, the Mukuru Boys were handed over a glittering trophy by the Minister of Youth and Sports Honourable Richard Chimwendo Banda who graced the stadium launch as the guest of honour.


Richard Chipuwa (GK)

Miracle Gabeya
Peter Cholopi
Francis Mlimbika

Balikinho Mwakanyango
Felix Zulu (Captain)
Isaac Kaliati
Wisdom Mpinganjira
Vitumbiko Kumwenda

Vincent Nyangulu
Misheck Botomani

William Thole (GK)
Pilirani Mapira (GK)

Bongani Kaipa
Lloyd Mugara
Josephy Balakasi
Adeleke Kolawole
Alfred Manyozo Jnr
Francis Mkonda
Ephraim Kondowe

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