Two goals from Luka Milanzi and Isaac Kaliati for Mighty Be Forward Wanderers were enough to demolish Dedza Young Soccer’s hopes of silverware as the blues sailed through to the semi-finals of the Carlsberg Cup after an entertaining match at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.
Milanzi , who joined the Lali-Lubani boys last season after his TP Mazembe career stalled, pounced on a horrendous cross from Kaliati in the 28th minute to send the Nomads stands into an electric celebrations with the opener.
The Nomads dominated the proceedings of the match from defence, midfield despite a dis-jointed striking force.
A lively start to the game saw Fletcher Bandawe squandering a chance for Dedza before Isaac Kaliati carved open the visitors defence with a mazy dribble to tee up Victor Nyirenda, who shot wide.
In a rip-roaring second half Kaliati well curved free kick was enough to warrant the Nomads a free highway to the Carlsberg semi-finals.
The Nomads produced a fantastic performance but their strikers, especially Victor Nyirenda lacked much fitness against Dedza bungling defence.
Dedza have themselves to blame in the 35th minute when Chisomo Gillion’s high ball was pumped forward but Fletcher Bandawe had to chest the ball to Pachalo Kumilonde who gave a kick in the direction of keeper Richard Chipuwa.
The main problems for Dedza was their striking force which was blunt and lacked composure inside the box.
During the match, the Nomads introduced their new signing Ishamel Thindwa, who missed a clear chance towards the end of the game .
Thindwa, who lacked fitness failed to connect a cross from Kaliati with a yawning goal in front of him.
Dedza struggled in the second half and Wanderers could have won by a bigger margin with their strikers denied by Carlington Misomali.
The Nomads coach Elijah Kananji praised his troops for their performance and insists they will soldier all the way to the finals.
“We had to start without apprehension and play at a high pace and we did that well,” said Kananji.
” I was much impressed with the performance of Isaac Kaliati, and I believe he is just happy to score. He worked extremely hard today and deserved his goal and man of the match accolade,” said Kananji.
Dedza Young Soccer coach Pofera Jegwe conceded the defeat but emphasized lack of composure on his strikers affected them.
“We had so many chances but our strikers lacked composure inside the box. It’s frustrating to be bototed in the quarter finals but all the same life goes on,” said Jegwe.
The Nomads will now face Moyale Barracks in the semi-finals, after the Mzuzu based soldiers showed Kamuzu Barracks an exit-door on spot kicks.
In another Carlsberg Cup quarter finals, Silver Strikers clobbered Support Battalion 4-0. The bankers will meet either Big Bullets or Mafco FC, who will face each other on Sunday at Civo Stadium.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :