A 39th minute second half strike by substitute Muhamad Suluma was all Mighty Be Forward Wanderers, alias Nyerere needed to book a Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup final tie against Civil Service United (Civo) as the Nomads lined up against tough customers Blue Eagles FC in the second semi-final match of the competition at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
Welcoming back their striker Jabulani Linje, who had been out for months due to injury and newly recruited central defender Boston Kabango from Epac FC, the Nomads came searching for an early goal but Eagles’ defence led by Steve Chagoma was equal to the task.
Having restricted to Nomads to a goal-less first half, the Eagles from Area 30 came flying in the second half with Flames’ internationals John Banda and Schumaker Kuwali wrecking havoc in the Nomads’ defence.
Kuwali was just unlucky midway into the second half to see his first time connection of a Banda cross missing the cross-bar by just a few centimetres.
The cops added some fire power with a double substitution, replacing veteran striker Charles Ngosi and Japhet Mambelera with John Junior Malidadi and Gilbert Chirwa but the Nomads’ defence of Kabango, international Stanley Sanudi, Kondwani Lufeyo and Ted Sumani kept them at bay.
It was the introduction of Sulumba for Linje that made the difference as the former broke the deadlock after overpowering two Eagles’ defenders in the box to beat advancing goalkeeper John Soko.
With the game heading towards the final whistle, Wanderers brought in defender Wongani Kaipa for Kondwani Kumwenda to completely kill off any threat from the cops.
Team manager for Wanderers Steve Madeira was over the moon after the final whistle, declaring the Nomads would be gunning for a second successive title when they face Civo in the final on October 31, 2015 at a venue yet to be decided by the organising committee.
“As I said before, we want to win every competition that we are participating in. We have two weeks to prepare for the final and we are going to come up with a proper plan to win a second trophy before focusing on our remaining games in the Super League,” said Madeira.
About the game itself, the Wanderers’ team manager said: “It was a tough game. Blue Eagles are a very good team and they gave us problems through players like John Banda, Schumaker Kuwali but we managed to contain them and get the result.”
Eagles’ assistant coach Wilson Chidati gracefully accepted the defeat and congratulated Wanderers for reaching the final.
“It was a 50-50 game and Wanderers utilised the opportunity that they had. We accept the loss and congratulations to Wanderers for reaching the final,” said Chidati.
Be Forward Wanderers will now face Civo United in the finals.
Civo defeated giants Big Bullets 2-1 at Kamuzu Stadium on Thursday.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :