Mighty Be Forward Wanderers team manager Steve Madeira has said his club is focusing on winning the crunch tie in the finals of the prestigious Carlsberg Cup against traditional rivals Big Bullets.
Madeira admits he is delighted the Nomads have proved the critics wrong after his team secured their place in the Carlsberg Cup final with a 1-0 win at Civo Stadium.
The Nomads chances of cruising through to the finals were written off by many pundits following a series of injuries from their key players like Ishamel Thindwa, Francis Mlimbika and Jabulani Linje, even with their departure of their strikers Jimmy Zakazaka and Muhammad Sulumba.
But their victory over the Kaning’ina soldiers on Sunday, secured through a first half goal from Victor Nyirenda , sealed a place in the finals.
“We have faced many storms and had some big lows against towards the end of the first round in the League,” Madeira pointed out.
” Our players continued to believe despite several injuries. We had no room for error, but I couldn’t see one sign of them giving in. The players showed an exceptional mental attitude and have been rewarded,” added Madeira.
“I am proud of the spirit and character of the team. They are special players and that is what we have told them many times.
“They have shown us that they are exceptional. Many people thought we will be shown an exit-door after being plunged with injuries.”
The Nomads coach Elijah Kananji is determined to keep his current squad largely intact, but again stressed that they should not relax ahead of the big game on August 29.
“It is going to be tough but Nomads are up to it. I won this trophy last year while I was coach for Bullets and it will be nice to return it and also win it back for Wanderers ,” he said.
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