Mighty Wanderers Coach Stewart Mbolembole had all the reasons walk tall as he guided his charges to beat Blantyre United in the Presidential Cup knock-out Cup played in front of the fully packed Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.
The win means the Nomads have progressed through into another phase of the cup as Blantyre United bid bye-bye to the government sponsored cup.
No other man deserve more credit at the Lali-Lubani Road than former Escom United talisman midfielder Jacob Ngwira, who scored the vital goal in the 13th minute of the second half through a header from a well taken Benard Harawa’s corner kick to send the Nomads stand on cloud nine.
The ecstatic long-suffering Wanderers crowd, that had for a long time watched in envy and agony being beaten by Blantyre United could not help their happiness as they went chanting , “Nyerere! Nyerere!” along the Masauko Chipembere Highway after the match.
The party had started at the giant Kamuzu Stadium and eventually spread to the streets of Blantyre and surely every inhabitable corner of the country where the Nomads were.
“We did a home work for them and it worked. We knew Blantyre United play a fast game and we had to stop them from playing their usual game. I am also delighted because my players displayed classic football especially in the second half,” said Mbolembole.
The Nomads kicked-off the match on a slow pace as Blantyre United were a better side in the first half especially on the right winger where Abraham Kamwendo was operating.
However, it was Ngwira’s who floated in the air to head home from a corner kick in the 13th minute and went straight with his fellow players to celebrate in front of the ganyu Big Bullets fans.
Towards the end of the game, the Nomads seemed satisfied with the job done as they closed down Blantyre United strikers by not giving them any space to maneuver.
Sparrow Msowoya tried to score an equalizer later in the dying minute but he either found Richard Chipuwa so defiant or Bongani Kaipa and company too firm like a road block at the back.