Nomads coach warns against complacency after Carlsberg glory

Mighty Be Forward Wanderers Assistant Coach Elijah Kananji has called on his team to forget Saturday’s momentous Carlsberg Cup Finals win over Silver Strikers and focus on Wednesday’s TNM Super League encounter against Red Lions at the Zomba Community Ground.

Elijah Kananji: No sitting ducks

Elijah Kananji: No sitting ducks

The Nomads defended the Carlsberg Cup on Saturday when they stunned the bankers with a 5-4 victory in penalties at Kamuzu Stadium.

The Nomads are on position nine with 24 points from 15 games, while Red Lions are stuck on number thirteen with 14 points from 15 games.

But however dazzling Saturday’s victory, Kananji is reluctant to let his team get carried away with the win and has called on his squad to show they can produce that type of performance on a regular basis.

“We have to forget about Silver Strikers and carry on, and prove that we can keep doing the job.

“We want to win. Our job is to forget about the last game, take the positives out of it, and focus on the next one just as we did when we lost 4-2 to Mzuni FC,” Kananji said.

Any victory on Wednesday will see the Nomads moving a step to position seven and will give hope to their fans to start calling themselves serious title challengers again despite their poor start.

The Nomads boss, perhaps mindful of how poorly his team played early this season, played down those expectations saying: “We need much more consistency in our results before we claim that we are title contenders.

He said it was their desire (to challenge for the title), but they need some time to get back to a stronger position before they claim it.

Despite his ‘cautious remarks’, Kananji has been boosted by the return of key player Joseph Kamwendo, who is an inspirational midfielder.

However, Kananji conceded that it will be a tough match describing Red Lions, as a tough side.

“They are a side which can defend well and are very physical. We know that they will come out hard on us after we managed to beat them twice in Blantyre.’

In another League match Wednesday, Silver Strikers have to forget their woes in the Carlsberg Cup as they host Mtv Max Bullets at Silver Stadium.

The bankers are on fourth position with 29 points from 15 games, while Mtv Max Bullets are anchoring the log table having collected 7 points from 16 games.

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