SENSATIONAL efforts by Alfred Manyozo Jnr and Victor Mpinganjira in either half were enough to seal a vital 2-0 win for Mighty Wanderers over Azam Tigers at the Kamuzu Stadium Saturday.
Tigers had started the game with a winning intent and launched dangerous attacks into the Nomads' half.
However, they failed to use their early advantage as striker Moses Nankumba and winger Mabvuto Chipo missed good opportunities.
Richard Chipuwa was also alert in the Nomads goal as he thwarted Tigers' attempts with good saves.
Wanderers took the lead against the run of play 18 minutes into the game.
Midfield work-horse Manyozo mesmerised the crowd with a sumptuous long range effort.
He chested the ball and then released a thunderous volley into the Tigers net, leaving goalkeeper Nenani Juwawo rooted on his feet.
The goal revitalised the Nomads and they took the game to Tigers.
However, Tigers remained resolute and they successfully stopped Wanderers' attacks through the hardworking defence led by captain Kondwani Lufeyo who produced a man-of-the-match performance.
Tigers would have equalized in the dying minutes of the half, but Mabvuto Chipo failed to capitalize on a Foster Namwera blunder as he shot wide after staying clear of the
Tigers started the second half with more hunger for an equaliser and they camped in the Nomads half in the first 10 minutes of the half.
They controlled the game and penetrated Wanderers defence through the left wing, putting Flames captain Moses Chavula under a lot of pressure.
Nomads relied on counter at¬tack and they almost increased the lead in the 9th minute, but Gerald Phiri Junior headed over the bar after losing his marker.
Tigers continued to attack but, like in the first half, could not come up with clear cut chances.
Sensing danger, Nomads made a double substitution replacing Chavula and Cuthbert Sinetre with Mapopa Msukwa and Francis Mlimbika in the 12th minute.
Two minutes later, Yamikani Chester brilliantly dribbled past Wanderers defenders but his shot went wide.
Tigers continued playing good football, but Isaac Kaliati and Asedi Ajasi were guilty of missing good opportunities.
The Nomads made sure of the victory through Victor Mpinganjira's fierce strike in the box after a goal-mouth scramble caused by a free kick from the left.
Tigers coach Leo Mpulula said his side's failure to utilise opportunities cost them the match.
Nomads coach Felix Fosko said he was happy with his charges' performance.
In other matches Saturday, Moyale drew one-all against Red Lions, Blue Eagles defeated Bvumbwe Research 2-1 and Mafco beat Escom United 3-0.