Mighty Be Forward Wanderers, aka Nyerere or Nomads had to ride their mother luck to book a Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup quarterfinal berth at the expense of resilient Mafco FC, when the two soccer heavyweights met in a preliminary encounter at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe on Thursday, September 10, 2015.
Bubbling with confidence following their Carlsberg Cup final triumph over rival camp Big Bullets at the same venue about two weeks ago, the Nomads failed to match their own standards in the Carlsberg final as they failed to create scoring opportunities even after their opponents had been reduced to 10 men.
Mafco were reduced to 10 men on 39 minutes, when Zomba based Fifa referee Denis Ngulube gave marching orders to defender Paul Ndlovu for a second bookable offence.
With many fearing the worst for the Salima based Soccer Instructors in the second half, the opposite was true as it were the soldiers, who seized the initiative to the delight of ganyu fans.
On several occasions Wanderers’ goalkeeper and captain Richard Chipuwa had to rise to the occasion to save his team from Mafco’s dangerous raids.
Despite controlling the proceedings Mafco resorted to time killing tactics in anticipation of the dreaded penalty kicks, which Ngulube duly summoned after nil-all deadlock in regulation time.
Wanderers converted through Alfred Manyozo Junior, Stanley Sanudi, Mike Kaziputa and Victor Nyirenda but Rafik Mussa struck against the post. Goalkeeper Jailos Kapalamula, Maurice Chiumia and Paul Phiri scored for Mafco but Osward Nkagula had his weak shot saved by Chipuwa.
Captain Zasha Mnong’oneza crashed Mafco’s last kick against both posts to hand Nyerere a 4-3 lead and it was celebration time for Nyerere.
Mafco’s coach Thomas Maloya lamented the missed scoring opportunities by his charges: “We had the best chances of the game but we failed to utilise those chances. In the end, we have been punished during penalty kicks,” said Maloya.
Wanderers’ team manager Steve Madeira admitted Mafco gave his side a torrid afternoon.
“Mafco are a very good side. They have just been unlucky to lose in the penalty shoot-outs. Penalties are really bad and one can suffer heart attack.”
Nevertheless, the Wanderers team manager declared his team’s intention to win all national competitions.
“We want to win every competition and we are going to play our lungs out against Red Lions in the quarterfinal,” he said.
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