SUBSTITUTE Tony Chitsulo hit two goals in a space of 10 minutes as Silver Strikers came from a goal down to defeat Mighty Wanderers 2-1 in a TNM Super League at Kamuzu Stadium Sunday.
Wanderers, who last season beat Silver on three occasions, seemed to have carried the day when the in-form Joseph Kamwendo produced a wonder connection to put the Nomads in the lead in the 75th minute.
However, Nomads' inability to defend crosses gifted the visitors two goals.
Realising that defeat was imminent, Silver did not take long to reply as Rodrick Gonani released a cross which Dave Moya headed against the cross bar and Chitsulo arrived in time to equalise.
Wanderers coach Franco Ndawa tried to reinvigorate the side by introducing Victor Mpinganjira and Idriss Walesi for Gomezgani Gondwe and Allan Kamanga respectively.
However, Silver, who had right winger Peter Pindani operating from central midfield, went ahead in the 85th minute through Chitsulo again.
Gonani was again the architect after he left his marker before crossing the ball which brought confusion in Wanderers box as defenders could only clear it to Frank Banda.
Goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa saved Banda's effort towards Chitsulo's direction who had the simplest job of finishing the ball home.
It was a bitter end for Nomads as Kamwendo saw his effort hitting the woodwork towards the end of the game.
Ndawa said they were unfortunate to lose after dominating the match while one of Silver's coaches Hellings Mwakasungula said it was a vital win.
"We have won away and credit should go to our colleagues who put up a spirited performance. Wanderers gave us tough times last season and we had to win to forget those memories," he said.
Silver have now amassed nine points from three games while Nomads remain four points from the same number of points.
At Zomba Community, Blantyre United collected their first point this season after drawing with Big Bullets 1-1.
Heston Munthali put Bullets in front before Blantyre equalised through Dalitso Sailesi.
In Mzuzu, league debutants Kabwafu stunned Moyale Barracks 2-1. Malumbo Chiumia and Charles Chilembo scored for the newcomers while Emmanuel Chaononga scored the soldiers' consolation goal.
In Dwangwa, Civo and Mafco drew three all while Blue Eagles beat Kamuzu Barracks 2-1.— Additional reporting by Joy Ndovi and Karen Msiska.