Esau Kanyenda and Peter Wadabwa led the way as Be Forward Wanderers crushed Red Lions 4-1 at Kamuzu Stadium in the TNM Super League, putting the Nomads in complete control of the second postion.
The victory means that the Nomads have displaced Silver Strikers on the second slot.
Although Esau Kanyenda’s early opener in the 10th minute was nearly cancelled by Moses Nankhumba after his penalty was saved by goalkeeper of the moment Nenani Juwayo.
The penalty came as a result of a Francis Mulimbika’s handball inside the forbidden area.
Thereafter, Precious Sambani then set up Esau Kanyenda who run with the ball inside Red Lions territory only to be stopped by Pearson Mphanje.
Chances continued to fall Wanderers way after the interval, though they were nowhere near as clinical and Red Lions appeared to take encouragement from that, seeing an Kanyenda’s tap in in the 20th minute disallowed for offside.
And Red Lions tried to secure an equalizer when Loti Chawinga’s shot – hit the post, there were to be no further goals, as the Nomads were leading 1-0 on recess time.
There were no changes as the two teams were going in for the last 45 minutes of the game.
Wanderers made an imperious start and Peter Wadabwa rifled an emphatic finish past Brighton Ngwenyama to make it 2-0.
Red Lions,who resorted to a physical game lacked composure inside the box and a good example came in the 57th minute when Royal Bokosi shoot wide with only Juwayo to beat.
Precious Sambani who exchanged passes with Isaac Kaliat scored the third goal after, bending a sumptuous shot outside the box.
The visitors looked lost as Wanderers dominated the match especially on the midfield where Joseph Kamwendo operated alongside Alfred Manyozo jnr.
Wadabwa then doubled his tally in style just before 10 minutes into the final whistle, latching on to Sambani’s chipped pass and flicking it over the head of Ngwenyama with a delicate cushioned effort using the outside of his right foot.
Wanderers were rampant as displayed fantastic footbaĺl with Red Lions defence making silly blunders.
Wadabwa looked desperate to complete his hat-trick, going close twice within 7 minutes – an effort deflecting off Mphanje’s and going just wide, before he then fired over from the middle of the area after Ngwenyama could only parry Isaac Kaliat’s long-range effort.
Changes were made from both sides,as Red Lions brought in Boniface Kaulesi for Royal Bokosi.They also introduced fresh legs from Mwambene.
Wanderers also substituted Nenani Juwayo for Richard Chipuwa,as Kanyenda and Kamwendo paves the way for Francisco Madinga and Misheck Botomani.
Madinga went agonisingly close to getting his coveted fifth goal for Wanderers but he saw a first-time 18-yard strike passing infront of him before the ball went wide.
In the injury time,Red Lions pulled out a goal through Moses Nankumba but the damage was already done as the referee blew the whistle to mark the end of the game.