Mighty Be Forward Wanderers are on a roll as they hope to notch another Carlsberg Cup success with a tricky semi-final clash against Moyale Barracks at Civo Stadium on Sunday.
The Nomads coach Elijah Kananji remains confident the Lali-Lubani boys can overcome the Kaning’ina soldiers although some of their key players like Francis Mlimbika, Rafique Mussa and Jabulani Linje will be absent from the Nomads line-up.
Mlimbika has been ruled out of Sundays trip to the capital city after failing to recover from a fresh knee-injury, while Mussa also failed to recover from his injury, which he suistained during their victory against Dedza Young Soccer.
The loss of the three key players is a blow to Elijah Kananji’s side he attempt to repeat his success in last season’s as far as winning the Carlsberg Cup is concerned when he guided Big Bullets to the trophy.
While the Nomads make the long journey to central of Malawi full of confidence after an impressive recent run, Moyale are also heading into the game in good form.
Kananji knows Nicholas Mhango’s men will present a testing challenge.
But the Nomads mentor believes the key will be whether Wanderers can maintain their defensive solidity.
“We know from recent years that defensive unity is vital especially against the soldiers, so we have to be really cautious on the defensive front,” Kananji said.
However, the loss of Mussa on the middle of the park will be partly eased by the return of Alfred Manyozo Jnr for the second time since he returned back from Botswana.
“Manyozo is back in the group. Apart from that we have the same squad available as our previous game.”
Moyale build-up to the match has been overshadowed by a row over the semi-final game which was fixed in Lilongwe instead of their Mzuzu Stadium.
The soldiers were keen to play at their own back yard in Mzuzu, a thing which FAM defended themselves stating according to the rules and regulations of the cup, FAM has powers to choose the venue.
Moyale Barracks official, Victor Nyirenda, however insisted the soldiers are ready to scorch the Nomads at Civo come Sunday.
“The players are focused and try to help. I’m very happy. We have a very good squad. We urge our fans in Lilongwe to come in their large numbers to witness us beating Wanderers,” he said.
The last time the two teams met in a league game at Kamuzu Stadium the game ended 1-1.
Moyale were first to score before the Nomads equalized courtesy of Mapopa Kaunda.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :