Wanderers reach semis of Standard Bank Cup after beating Red Lions

Luka Milanzi’s second half goal inspired Mighty Be Forward Wanderers to an incredible victory against Red Lions in the Standard Bank Cup at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.

Luka Milanzi posses the ball...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Luka Milanzi posses the ball…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Nomads players in the signature goal celebration- Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Nomads players in the signature goal celebration- Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Comfortably on the ball Muhamad Sulumba...Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Comfortably on the ball Muhamad Sulumba…Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

RElief to NEmads technical panel...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Relief to Nomads technical panel , Kananji and Yasin Osman…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Frustrated Red Lions coaching official Prichard Mwansa -Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Frustrated Red Lions coaching official Prichard Mwansa -Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Knocked out, Red Lions -Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Knocked out, Red Lions -Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

It was all celebrations for Nyerere outside the stadium...Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

It was all celebrations for Nyerere outside the stadium…Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

The Nomads slippery striker demonstrated his importance to the team, as he also had an electric performance alongside Muhammad Sulumba upfront.

And it was a miserable afternoon for Red Lions coach Collins Nkuna at the end of a week, as he also lost to Big Bullets last week in a league game at the same venue.

In a game strewn with defensive errors, especially to Red Lions, the Nomads were more disciplined in all the department’s with Ibrahim Sadick being the man to watch on the left flank.

Milanzi’s goal looked to have put Wanderers in control but Red Lions response presented a compelling case for Lions coach Collins Nkuna, who stressed his players lacked fighting spiri and composure.

In the 38th minute, Chikoti Chirwa lost his footing to allow Milanzi to race clear only to shoot wide.

Red Lions bench, especially Prichard Mwansa looked that, this was his most sobering moment as he looked stunned on the sidelines at the regularity with which the home defence was exposed.

The Nomads dominated the midfield, where Kondwani Kumwenda was brilliant to watch with his skills, juggling and passes.

In the second half, Alfred Manyozo Jnr, Mike Kaziputa and Victor Nyirenda were recalled in place of Malumbo Gondwe, Ibrahim Sadick and Muhammad Sulumba while Red Lions made a few changes.

In the 65th minute, Clever Kaipa was denied a goal by brilliant Kondwani Lufeyo intervention – a moment that set the tone for a game filled with attacking quality and littered with errors.

Isaac Kaliati, in front of watching Flames assistant coach Nswazurimo Ramadhan , was the Nomads catalyst and twice delivered crosses that should have produced goals in the 70th minute.

He presented Victor Nyirenda with what looked a certain goal only for the striker to fire wide with the goal at his mercy, then found Milanzi unmarked at the far post, but the striker could not keep his effort down.

Towards the end of the game, Wanderers nearly paid the price for that wastefulness when Red Lions Innocent Bokosi was afforded too much space by Stanely Sanudi but his shot kissed the pole to the relief of the Nomads fans who chanted, “Ambuye Mumatikonda Zikomo ndithu.”

Red Lions were at it again in the 79th minute when Ndaona Limbani was the creator with a wonderful ball to release Bokosi , but he scuffed a half-hit shot across the face of goal.

For all their frailty at the back, Wanderers possessed genuine menace in attack and they carved through Red Lions with ease to restore parity.

Bokosi also was close to secure an equaliser he ran straight at Wanderers defence, riding two challenges and even falling before firing an emphatic shot which was blocked by Richard Chipuwa.

After the last whistle, Wanderers coach Elijah Kananji’s led wild celebrations with his players and backroom staff make a circle before a thanks giving prayer to God, as their supporters were chanting, “ Manoma popita munditenge.”

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20 thoughts on “Wanderers reach semis of Standard Bank Cup after beating Red Lions”

  1. Nganga yozitsata says:

    Hau wish tikanakumananso ndi neba kt tidzamugwlenso ntchto!!!!!!!

  2. kambilonjo says:

    Timu ya ma bwana mu makapu games kapena chifukwa kwinako ndiye zikuvutatu. Tiona ndi blue eagles kuti bwana atani.

  3. angoni apaphata says:

    NNeNeba wayamba malungo. Mthupi kuti tsooooo

  4. vwala uheni says:

    Mmalo moika nkhani zalero mukuchedwa ndi za dzulo

  5. Nkolokolo says:

    Once amaule always shall be amaule. Neba samala iyi ndi pa kamuzu stadium

  6. The real ujeni says:

    Kofi anthu aku Blantyre, don’t you get tired watching football daily at the same stadium, yesterday it was at Kamuzu stadium, today at Kamuzu stadium, tomorrow at Kamuzu stadium, this is boring.

  7. Loose, draw or win but I will be a Be Forwad supporte forever

  8. Noma basi says:

    timu yamwa bwana iyi, izingotenga ma cup onse basi. Ma cup onse ndi anthu

  9. Alungwana says:

    Congrants Manoma

  10. He scored in the 9th minute first half nt as indicated plz take note of the correction…. which team do u support? This is an avoidable error had it bn u were wrtng with sober mind.. however thanx for pictorial commenting!!!

  11. Correct me if I’m wrong, koma Luke Milanzie anagoletsa first half. Once a nomad always a nomad.

  12. Mulukunuwa maluku says:

    Manoma woyeeee wamkaka

  13. Nyerere says:

    Nyerere wawa

  14. Leoplant says:

    kumwa tea wankaka…once a noma alwez a wanderer

  15. gacheni mulonyeni. says:

    wamkamka, if you are a Noma alaways a Noma. Gud luck akuchepera nkaba.

  16. John Grey kufa 2 says:

    I love nyelele,nyelere fer ever

  17. Witcan says:

    Thanks so much our Almighty God! Weldone Kananji and all your players. Your hardworking spirit has produced good results. We are so happy now! Noma woyeeeeeeeee! Nyerere fans are so proud with you. Keep it up! Nyerereeeeee ndi kawawa.

  18. yake ija says:

    Noma yomweyo kuti wawawawawa!!!

  19. nyirongo says:

    is it just coincidence that most wanderers players are Yao’s and Muslims. I am not being tribalistic but i have always believed that tumbukaz made up much of the football in malawi. Is it a shift in talent?

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