TNM Super League: Richard Chipuwa saves last minute penalty to lead Wanderers to 2-1 win against Blue Eagles

By McLloyd Kudzingo

Richard Chipuwa displayed a heroic performance as Mighty Mukuru Wanderers came from behind to beat Blue Eagles FC 2-1 and dislodge rivals Nyasa Big Bullets at the summit of the TNM Super League log table.

The home side were the first to hit the back on the net through Tonic Viyuyi just three minutes before half time.

Viyuyu scored with a powerful header after receiving a cross from Richard Rapson.

In the second half, the Mark Harrison’s side came a changed side exchanging beautiful passes which later forced Eagles defenders to commit a foul on their former player, Gaddie Chirwa.

A free-kick was awarded to the Nomads and Isaac Kaliat made no mistake but to convert it into a goal in the 50th minute, beating goalkeeper Chakonda Majanga.

Vincent Nyangulu gave the Nomads the lead in the 55th minute connecting well a free-kick taken by his captain Stanley Sanudi.

Just a minute before the end of the match, Christopher Gototo had a chance to level the scores from the penalty spot after a handball incident in the box.

Wanderers’ goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa used his experience to deny the youthful striker a goal as he saved both the spot kick and the rebound.

The Nomads have now gone three points above FCB Nyasa Big Bullets and they have 43 points after playing 22 games while Bullets have 40 points from 19 games.

In another midweek fixture, Dedza Dynamos gave away their 2-nil lead to draw 2-2 against Karonga United at Dedza Stadium.

After being sidelined for a couple of weeks due to an injury, Clement Nyondo came back into the field in style scoring his 14 goal of the season just 15 minutes in the first half.

Charles Chipala doubled the lead for the home side in the 70th minute but Karonga pulled one back through Elie Kayombo before Mwiso Youngson leveled the scores three minutes later.

Dedza are on position 9 with 30 points from 22 games while Karonga are on position 6 with 33 games after playing 24 games.

Elsewhere, Dan Chimbalanga scored a brace as Mafco FC beat Mighty Tigers 2-1 at Chitowe Stadium.

Chimbalanga scored in the 7th and 31st minutes and Tigers scored their consolation in the 33rd minute through Precious Chiudza.

Mafco are now on 12th position with 28 points level with Tigers but the Kanjedza outfit have a superior goal difference and they have played more games (25) than any other team this season so far.