Mighty Wanderers overcame a resilient Silver Strikers to win a dramatic Standard Bank Cup final 1-0 at Civo Stadium in the capital Lilongwe on Saturday and achieve the back-to-back winning of the silverware.
Last year Wanderers beat Silver Strikers 2-0 on October 6 at Silver Stadium to lift the Standard Bank Knockout Trophy.
On Saturday the ‘Nyerere’ from Lali Lubani Road in the commercial city of Blantyre defended the title courtesy of an own goal by Blessings Tembo three barely four minutes in an action-packed final.
This was after Mike Kaziputa made the most of Silver defensive mix up to slot past goalkeeper Charles Swini .
Coach for Wanderers Stuart Mbolembole, also wrote a small piece of history in winning the trophy without conceding a goal while scoring unanswered five goals in three games.
“Of course, there was pressure from the fans but we couldn’t lose hope. We are excited to have made history. It is quite amazing [ winning without conceding]. It has never happened in Malawi football history,” Mbolembole told MBC Radio 2 FM in a post-match interview.
“It’s a fantastic victory , I am very happy. It is right to have a celebration, the team had a fantastic season,” Mbolembole later added in an interview with Nyasa Times.
Silver’s coach Stain Chirwa accepted defeat.