Nomads book Carlsberg Cup final berth against BB: Malawi battle of battles

Mighty Be Forward Wanderers on Sunday, August 16, 2015 booked a Carlsberg Cup final berth against bitter rivals Big Bullets after edging Moyale Barracks 1-0 in a tough semi-final encounter played before a huge crowd at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

Moyale's Lloyd Njaliwa takes the game to the Nomads, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Moyale’s Lloyd Njaliwa takes the game to the Nomads, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Nomads celebrate the goal, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Nomads celebrate the goal, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Kaunda flicks the ball for Nyirenda to node in, Pic Alex Mwazalumo.

Kaunda flicks the ball for Nyirenda to node in, Pic Alex Mwazalumo.

Kaunda reacts after missing a clear chance, Pic Alex Mwazalumo.

Kaunda reacts after missing a clear chance, Pic Alex Mwazalumo.

Kuda Muyaba caught off-side as Nkutu strikes past Chipuwa, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Kuda Muyaba caught off-side as Nkutu strikes past Chipuwa, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Nomads celebrate with their fans after the whistle, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Nomads celebrate with their fans after the whistle, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Chipuwa gets his man-of-the-match award from a Carlsberg lady

Chipuwa gets his man-of-the-match award from a Carlsberg lady

Striker Victor Nyirenda claimed the lone goal on 31 minutes after heading home a flicked ball by Mapopa Kaunda following a throw-inn by Ted Sumani.

The goal completely destabilised the soldiers from Kaning’ina as Wanderers created chance after chance. However, Wanderers strikers Nyirenda, Kaunda and Kondwani Kumwenda gave away the opportunities that could have seen the vehicle dealers wrapping up the game within the first 45 minutes.

Kumwenda had his weak shot from the box saved by Moyale goalkeeper Juma Chikwenga before Nyirenda failed to connect a cross from Mike Kaziputa Kaliati from the six yard box.

Youthful Kaunda, who is normally used as a super substitute followed with another terrible miss, kicking the ball wide from the 18-yard box with only Chikwenda at his mercy.

Came second half- pressure started mounting on the Nomads as the soldiers started pushing forward in numbers.

Moyale’s dangerous striker Deus Nkutu thought he had levelled the scores midway into the last half but his goal was ruled out for off-side against Luka Muyaba, who was interfering with Wanderers’ goal keeper Richard Chipuwa on the goal-line.

Sensing danger, Wanderers technical panel made some tactical changes, bringing in defending midfielder Jacob Ngwira and Luka Milanzi for Kaunda and Kumwenda. The Nomads also sacrificed goal scorer Nyirenda for defender Bongani Kaipa to counter the soldiers’ onslaught.

The changes bore fruits as the Nomads successfully managed to absorb the pressure and preserve their slender lead. Chipuwa was named man-of-match after the match.

In his post-match interview, Wanderers coach Elia Kananji hailed his charges for keeping their nerves especially in the second half when the opponents were coming wave after wave.

“We could have finished off the game in the first half but we squandered a lot of opportunities. After missing the opportunities, pressure started mounting on us in the second half but the boys stood firm,” said Kananji.

He said he would look at the scoring problem before the Nomads face rivals Big Bullets in the final slated for the same venue on August 29, 2015.

Moyale’s Nicholas Mhango refused to discuss his team’s weaknesses only saying “They (Wanderers) have won but not all is lost for us. We will go back and start strategizing for the remaining competitions.”

It will be the first time for Wanderers and Bullets to meet in a Cup final in 12 years after their Carlsberg Cup final was abandoned at Kamuzu Stadium due to crowd violence, which erupted after a disallowed golden goal for Wanderers by Mzuzu based referee Kalyoto Ngosi.

Carlsberg eventually pulled out the sponsorship and the final was never replayed.

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Mpinganjira wa manoma
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Mpinganjira wa manoma

the wise people’s choice. well done my team

Bambo a Temaco
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Wanderers ndiye yaziwilatu kuti ikazisiya pa 29

ntex
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Timafuna iwe kumene uwine kuti BB izadutse moyera nyelere yatola Jokala watiyiwala nthawi yomweyi ndikukubechera wanoma na pa BB siuzapezapo chimwemwe ukhumudwanso pa 29 pano sindikukayika konse Maule ndi more mphwanga aliponso wina

Easter
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Njaliwa was my man of the match not Chipuwa

Hardson
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Kodi guyz mukuliralira eeee iyayi Moyale inayenda kwambiri game plan mulibe eti. Palitu ndi mipira yake yomati tikasewerere ku mpoto kummwera ndi pakati. Do you mean you have faile to pregress simply becoz you played away? Tanenani! Ngati ndi choncho mutuluke mmipikisano chifukwa simuzitha. Mudzangobwera pa 29 ku Civo mudzaone ndikuphunzira zimene matimu a ku Blantyre amachita akafuna kutenga chikho curtsy of Big Bullets. Nanunso a wonderers, kuwina mu mpikisano waukuru ngati uwu sitimawina ndi 1 yokha ai, ndi zimene mukwapatsa zolankhula a Moyale. Mukuona Silver Strikers ili ndi mau aliwonse, akudziwa kuti anagonja bwino, 3-0 sangakhalenso ndi mau. Any… Read more »
Hardson
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Bola pamenepo! Bullets 3-0 Silver strikers. Wonderers 1-0 Moyale = Bullets 2-0 Wonderers come 29th August 2015 @ Civo Stadium.

Shocker
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FAM/Carlseberg + Noma 1 – 0 Moyale Congrats to FAM / Carlseberg Malawi Limited and Beforward Wanderers for winning against the tired and frustrated Moyale Barracks F.C. You staged the competition to make it suit your wishes and desires. You never considered fairness and competition in the game of football to guide your decision making. You made Moyale travel through out the competition in order to frustrate them. No team can be happy to play all its games in a competition away from home unless its home ground is banned. If all you want is Bullets or Wanderers to win… Read more »
isaac kudala
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cogrants neba, koma ukunzekere pa 29.maule mo fire

Emmanuel Kabaghe
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zilibwino.ife ndi manyex & wi shall remain like zat.

Duncan kapunda
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Am sure nyerere mwazipachika pamtengo waminga

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