Mighty Be Forward Wanderers has welcomed their new sponsors – Be Forward the Japanese car dealers – in a special way by winning the Blantyre City bragging rights after defeating their rivals and Malawi champions Big Bullets 6-5 on post match penalties to win the Blantyre Mayor Charity Shield at a packed Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
MultiChoice Malawi sponsored the game to the of K1 million under the ‘Keep Blantyre Clean and Green’ Mayor Noel Chalamanda-led fundraising campaign.
Wanderers needed the Charity Shield more than Bullets who came into the tussle decorated with the TNM Super League title and other two trophies this season, including IntoSports Cup and Carlsberg Cup.
The match failed to produce goals at full regulation time and had to be decided by shoot-outs.
The game came to a dramatic conclusion when Bullets striker Frazer Menyani failed to scored his kick in the shoot-out after Richard Chipuwa managed to save the penalty.
It was Patrick Gunde, who won the match for the Nomads when he scored the last penalty to the delight of Be the blues who chanted,” Be Forward! Be Forward!”
Other players who scored their penalties were Kondwani Lufeyo, Rafique Mussa, Francis Mlimbika, Ibrahim Sadik, and Mike Kaziputa while Bullets netted their spot kicks through Fischer Kondowe, Pilirani Zonda, Henry Kabichi, Miracle Gabeya and Yamikani Fodya.
Despite the lack of goals in 90 minutes, a colourful crowd packed the Kamuzu stadium and enjoyed the tense Blantyre derby.
The only disappointment was a 30-minute delay to the kick-off as the Nomads arrived late at the stadium.
It was also ugly scene when some Big Bullets fans pelted stones and bottles inside the field of play in disagreement with the referee.
The angry fans demanded for the ouster of the referee but there was calm after 6 minutes when the Bullets supporters committee executive members intervened.
During the match, Big Bullets kicked off on a higher note as it dominated the game especially on the middle of the park where Victor Limbani stood firmly.
The combination of Limbani and Henry Kabichi was too good for Patrick Gunde to cause havoc.
However, Bullets striking force which was comprised of Jimmy Zakazaka and Mussa Manyenje was not sharp enough to give Chipuwa problems.
Briliant Chipuwa saved his team in the jaws of Bullets with some fine saves.
The Nomads, were also blunt upfront where Mapopa Kaunda and Sparrow Msowoya were too respectful to the champions defence marshalled by Miracle Gabeya with the absence of Sankhani Mkandawire, who was in civilian.
The mantle to coach the champions was left in the hands of Mabvuto Lungu as coach Elijah Kananji is in Zimbabwe with the Under 17.
“It’s great to win Blantyre derby and more so to win a shield,” said Wanderers chairman George Chamangwana.
The team’s coach Kannock Munde described the win as “signs of times to come.”
Winning the Charity Shield is hardly reliable proof of impending fortunes but certainely the win on Saturday gave Wanderers a positive platform to be forward looking for a good season to come.
Lungu hailed the Nomads for winning, saying “ they deserve some consolation this season.”
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