The fate between Mighty Wanderers and Escom United on who will proceed to the semi-finals of the prestigious Standard Bank Cup will be known next week in Balaka after a 1-1 draw on Saturday in a lacklustre encounter which took place at Kalulu Stadium on Saturday.
The Electricians, who featured Jacob Ngwira after his long spell in South Africa, were first to open the score sheet after the Nomads goalkeeper Vales Kamzere failed to clear Kelvin Hanganda’s header.
On recess time, it was 1-0 in favour of the non-tactician out-fit.
The Nomads improved after the break with the likes of Victor Mpinganjira, Gerald Chimbaka and Joseph Kamwendo, who had a stunning performance.
A few minutes into the second half, Escom United defender Jacob Ngwira brought down Diverson Chilemba in the 18-yard box forcing the referee Jones Makuwira to point on the spot kick.
Kamwendo did not make any mistake making it 1-1.
The Nomads, who made several changes in the second half by bringing in Cuthebert Sinetre for Gerald Phiri and Bongani Kaipa for Stewart, failed to kill the game as their strikers Diverson Chilemba and Innocent Dzimbiri, who was brought in for injured Anthony Banda missed glorious opportunities to secure the blues the victory.
Escom remained solid, retained possession well and saw plenty of the ball.
After the final whistle, Nomads coach Felix Fosco said:”We will rectify our problems in our next match; otherwise we played better than them.”
Escom player Kondwani Gawani vowed to fight on in the second leg.
Gaba keep scoring
In another encounter in Balaka, man of the moment Gabadihno Mhango was responsible for Big Bullets victory against Epac F.C 1-0.
Epac,also populary known as ‘Njenjete zaku Lilongwe, missed a penalty in the first half.
In Chitowe, Moyale Barracks and Civo United also drew 1-1, as Silver Strikers won 3-0 to the Cops of Area 30 Blue Eagles.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :