Wanderers Held to a Goalless Draw by Azam Tigers

Be Forward Wanderers  were left frustrated after being held to a goalless draw at MDC Stadium  by Azam Tigers in the TNM Super League.

The Blues were not at their fluent best but still created enough chances to have won the game.

Joseph Kamwendo  was denied by a stunning Willima Thole   save and Harry Nyirenda  and Felix Zulu both went close.

The Nomads coach Yasin Osman  cut a dejected figure on the touchline as he saw his side fail to win at home after  going four games collecting maximum points.

In contrast, Osman , who confirmed after the game that they lost due to missing clear chances, milked the applause of  his troops  after they held on for a battling point.

The Nomads  should have led when Felix Zulu  picked out an advancing  Tigers right defender, but his shot with the goalkeeper to beat went over the crossbar.

Tigers  handed Luke Chima the mantle to lead the front line, but the striker found himself more occupied with helping out their overworked midfield as the Nomads got men behind the ball.

The Nomads  tactic of fielding Rafiq Namwera and Alfred Manyozo on the midfield worked, for all their possession, Tigers  were restricted to half-chances.

Peter Wadabwa  scuffed a shot from outside the box and  Chester  could not apply the finish to a powerful run at the heart of Tigers  defence.

Joseph Kamwendo’s persistence down the left led to a header over the bar from defender Peter Cholopi.

Lucky Malata saw a thumping header flash just wide of the post from a Kamwendo’s free-kick as the Nomads  finished the half strongly.

They stepped up the pace after the break with  Wadabwa seeing a deflected shot kept out by Thole’s  chest.

The last half an hour saw Wanderers   almost camped in  half but they seemed to run out of attacking ideas.

Kamwendo  pinched the ball off the head of  Chester  in front of goal and substitute Jimmy Zakazaka  shot into the side-netting as Tigers  clung on defiantly and Wanderers   missed a chance to remain second on the log table.

Wanderers coach Yasin Osman said:

“We played 70% of the game in the opponent’s half and we tried several  times to score  but we missed four scoring clear chances.

“My  players tried but it is not the day for us. Our commitment was magnificent. We’ve drawn once with four wins and  It’s not bad is it .I’m delighted with the performance and we can go on from this.”

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