Nomads book Carlsberg Cup final berth against BB: Malawi battle of battles

Mighty Be Forward Wanderers on Sunday, August 16, 2015 booked a Carlsberg Cup final berth against bitter rivals Big Bullets after edging Moyale Barracks 1-0 in a tough semi-final encounter played before a huge crowd at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

Moyale's Lloyd Njaliwa takes the game to the Nomads, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Moyale’s Lloyd Njaliwa takes the game to the Nomads, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Nomads celebrate the goal, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Nomads celebrate the goal, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Kaunda flicks the ball for Nyirenda to node in, Pic Alex Mwazalumo.

Kaunda flicks the ball for Nyirenda to node in, Pic Alex Mwazalumo.

Kaunda reacts after missing a clear chance, Pic Alex Mwazalumo.

Kaunda reacts after missing a clear chance, Pic Alex Mwazalumo.

Kuda Muyaba caught off-side as Nkutu strikes past Chipuwa, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Kuda Muyaba caught off-side as Nkutu strikes past Chipuwa, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Nomads celebrate with their fans after the whistle, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Nomads celebrate with their fans after the whistle, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Chipuwa gets his man-of-the-match award from a Carlsberg lady

Chipuwa gets his man-of-the-match award from a Carlsberg lady

Striker Victor Nyirenda claimed the lone goal on 31 minutes after heading home a flicked ball by Mapopa Kaunda following a throw-inn by Ted Sumani.

The goal completely destabilised the soldiers from Kaning’ina as Wanderers created chance after chance. However, Wanderers strikers Nyirenda, Kaunda and Kondwani Kumwenda gave away the opportunities that could have seen the vehicle dealers wrapping up the game within the first 45 minutes.

Kumwenda had his weak shot from the box saved by Moyale goalkeeper Juma Chikwenga before Nyirenda failed to connect a cross from Mike Kaziputa Kaliati from the six yard box.

Youthful Kaunda, who is normally used as a super substitute followed with another terrible miss, kicking the ball wide from the 18-yard box with only Chikwenda at his mercy.

Came second half- pressure started mounting on the Nomads as the soldiers started pushing forward in numbers.

Moyale’s dangerous striker Deus Nkutu thought he had levelled the scores midway into the last half but his goal was ruled out for off-side against Luka Muyaba, who was interfering with Wanderers’ goal keeper Richard Chipuwa on the goal-line.

Sensing danger, Wanderers technical panel made some tactical changes, bringing in defending midfielder Jacob Ngwira and Luka Milanzi for Kaunda and Kumwenda. The Nomads also sacrificed goal scorer Nyirenda for defender Bongani Kaipa to counter the soldiers’ onslaught.

The changes bore fruits as the Nomads successfully managed to absorb the pressure and preserve their slender lead. Chipuwa was named man-of-match after the match.

In his post-match interview, Wanderers coach Elia Kananji hailed his charges for keeping their nerves especially in the second half when the opponents were coming wave after wave.

“We could have finished off the game in the first half but we squandered a lot of opportunities. After missing the opportunities, pressure started mounting on us in the second half but the boys stood firm,” said Kananji.

He said he would look at the scoring problem before the Nomads face rivals Big Bullets in the final slated for the same venue on August 29, 2015.

Moyale’s Nicholas Mhango refused to discuss his team’s weaknesses only saying “They (Wanderers) have won but not all is lost for us. We will go back and start strategizing for the remaining competitions.”

It will be the first time for Wanderers and Bullets to meet in a Cup final in 12 years after their Carlsberg Cup final was abandoned at Kamuzu Stadium due to crowd violence, which erupted after a disallowed golden goal for Wanderers by Mzuzu based referee Kalyoto Ngosi.

Carlsberg eventually pulled out the sponsorship and the final was never replayed.

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22 thoughts on “Nomads book Carlsberg Cup final berth against BB: Malawi battle of battles”

  1. Mpinganjira wa manoma says:

    the wise people’s choice. well done my team

  2. Bambo a Temaco says:

    Wanderers ndiye yaziwilatu kuti ikazisiya pa 29

  3. ntex says:

    Timafuna iwe kumene uwine kuti BB izadutse moyera nyelere yatola Jokala watiyiwala nthawi yomweyi ndikukubechera wanoma na pa BB siuzapezapo chimwemwe ukhumudwanso pa 29 pano sindikukayika konse Maule ndi more mphwanga aliponso wina

  4. Easter says:

    Njaliwa was my man of the match not Chipuwa

  5. Hardson says:

    Kodi guyz mukuliralira eeee iyayi Moyale inayenda kwambiri game plan mulibe eti. Palitu ndi mipira yake yomati tikasewerere ku mpoto kummwera ndi pakati. Do you mean you have faile to pregress simply becoz you played away? Tanenani! Ngati ndi choncho mutuluke mmipikisano chifukwa simuzitha. Mudzangobwera pa 29 ku Civo mudzaone ndikuphunzira zimene matimu a ku Blantyre amachita akafuna kutenga chikho curtsy of Big Bullets. Nanunso a wonderers, kuwina mu mpikisano waukuru ngati uwu sitimawina ndi 1 yokha ai, ndi zimene mukwapatsa zolankhula a Moyale. Mukuona Silver Strikers ili ndi mau aliwonse, akudziwa kuti anagonja bwino, 3-0 sangakhalenso ndi mau. Any way let’s meet on 29 and show the country who is Mr Who.

  6. Hardson says:

    Bola pamenepo! Bullets 3-0 Silver strikers. Wonderers 1-0 Moyale = Bullets 2-0 Wonderers come 29th August 2015 @ Civo Stadium.

  7. Shocker says:

    FAM/Carlseberg + Noma 1 – 0 Moyale
    Congrats to FAM / Carlseberg Malawi Limited and Beforward Wanderers for winning against the tired and frustrated Moyale Barracks F.C. You staged the competition to make it suit your wishes and desires. You never considered fairness and competition in the game of football to guide your decision making. You made Moyale travel through out the competition in order to frustrate them. No team can be happy to play all its games in a competition away from home unless its home ground is banned. If all you want is Bullets or Wanderers to win the cup then you better stop cheating us with this competition but take all the money and sponsor the two clubs like you did last season. MEDIOCRE FAM and CARLSEBERG MALAWI LIMITED.

  8. isaac kudala says:

    cogrants neba, koma ukunzekere pa 29.maule mo fire

  9. Emmanuel Kabaghe says:

    zilibwino.ife ndi manyex & wi shall remain like zat.

  10. Duncan kapunda says:

    Am sure nyerere mwazipachika pamtengo waminga

  11. Apa ndye tizaone kut dolo weniwen ndndan.. #Wamkaka pa 29 ku #Manoma

  12. GoMyTeamGo you Make US Proud

  13. Loyd says:

    Congrats Mano. Pliz lets moving forward

  14. Aubrey Norman says:

    Nyerere zisamale zapalamula Mphepo zinayi.

  15. Sandiwelo Kaliyati says:

    Congrats Manoma. I agree with Che Wanimiliyoni, raise charges for the final to keep away efulefuzi aka malova!

  16. clement says:

    Bullets mukonzeke chifukwa tidzakuchindani zenizeni mudzachita kudziwadi kuti lero tachindidwadi ndi wanderers lol

  17. Limbikani Eneya says:

    Congratulations to Noma, but take care and get ready for the hungry lions on 29 August, we ask police officers to remain alert during this time!

  18. MADALA MADALA BAMBO says:

    congrats nyerere…konzeka kamba kot ukumana ndi nyanja yamoto (the pipoz team) in finalz

  19. Khwethemu says:

    Results orchestrated by FAM favouritism. Pitani kawonereni. No wonder Malawian football is dull and boring.

  20. Che Wanimiliyoni says:

    Congrats to Bullets and Wanderers for making it into the finals. I think what every Malawian right thinking soccer lover wanted has happened. Blantyre has once again shown that it is the home of soccer despite some people desperately wanting to kill Blantyre soccer. I fail to understand why Reserve Bank in Lilongwe has a stadium and a team but MRA cant do the same in Blantyre? To all Lilongwe fans enjoying the forthcoming “Malwiclassico” and avoid voilence like what happened in Blantyre the last time these two teams met in the same final. To FAM please help the teams to make a killing by doubling the gate charges to about K2000 and that too will scare away some efulefuzi/malova who usually cause chaos outside the stadium. May the best team win!

  21. munthu says:

    Zimenezo ndiye nyerere,,,,,cograts

  22. Mbolo Sidwala says:

    No cup final is sweeter than the one involving the two neighbours, bwera neba tikumbutse chikale!

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