Nomads, Silver and Civo qualify for Standard Cup semi-finals

Mighty Wanderers, Silver Strikers and Civo United progressed through into the semi-finals of the prestigious Standard Bank Cup on Saturday, as Big Bullets and Epac will fight for their slot on Sunday.

The Nomads, who drew 1-1 with the electricians in the first-leg in Nchalo, displayed a stunning performance beating their opponents 2-1 at Balaka stadium to proceed to the semi’s 3-1 on aggregate.

The Lali-Lubani boys were first to kiss the back of Escom’s net through a jet fighter bomber header from Gerald Chimbaka before Victor Mpinganjira’s second goal.

Sensing danger, the electricians introduced Chiukepo Msowoya and Noel ‘Amfumu’ Mkandawire for Lawrence Milanzi.

Nomads in celebrations mood after the match.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Msowoya, whose presence gave a tough time to the Nomads defence scored Escom’s consolation goal on the spot kick after Gerald Phiri handled the ball in the eighteen yard box.

However, Escom could have scored two more goals but thanks to the Nomads goalkeeper, Richard Chipuwa who made brilliant saves.

On the Nomads side, Joseph ‘Shakira’ Kamwendo and Gerald Chimbaka controlled the midfield while Foster ‘Zagaf’ Namwera, Lion heartened Francis Mlimbika and Bongani Kaipa stood firmly to protect Chipuwa.

In a packed Balaka Stadium, the electricians died fighting, as Benard Harawa, Manase Chiyesa and Bushir Maunde were men to watch.

The Nomads Coach Felix Fosco was delighted after the final whistle, as he praised his boys for a stunning performance.

“I am so delighted with the performance of my boys. Our focus now is to win the cup and we will fight until the last drop, “said Fosco.

In Lilongwe

In the capital city, defending champions Blue Eagles were shown exit after being held by Silver 1-1.

Blue Eagles recklessly lost 3-1 away to Silver in the first leg.

The police men were the first to find the back of the net through Charles Ngosi but the Bankers replied in the second half through Harvey Mkacha.

Moyale Barracks has also missed the opportunity of qualifying to the next round after being held to a goalless draw by Civo United.

The Civil servants proceed to the next stage on away goal rule as they managed to score away when the two sides drew 1-1.

The semi-final list will be completed this Sunday when Epac host Bullets FC at Silver stadium.

Bullets only need a draw to proceed after winning the first leg 1-0.

All the teams who have been booted out in the quarterfinal stage will be compensated with a K250, 000.00 each while semi-finalist will receive K500, 000.00.

Bongani Kaipa blocking Noel Mkandawire.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
A Nomad fan dancing 'kuli nyerere yo yo yo'.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Flames coach Kinnah Phiri greeting a Nomads player.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Benard Harawa trying to pass through Bongani Kaipa.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

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