Wanderers beat Mafco in penalties: Malawi Carlsberg Cup

Mighty Wanderera secured a dramatic penalty shootout win against Mafco to reach the semi-finals and set up a clash against bitter rivals Big Bullets in the prestigious Carlsberg Cup.

Mighty Wanderers were the first to score through a header from substitute Victor Mpinganjira in the 59th minute.

Nomads player dribbling past Mafco

Nomads player dribbling past Mafco

Penalty goal for Nomads

Penalty goal for Nomads

Nomads celebrate win

Nomads celebrate win

Mpinganjira came in as a substitute together with Kondwani Lufeyo and they replaced Sparrow Msowoya and injured Enock Likoswe.

Mighty Wanderers looked a relaxed side after taking the lead in the process giving advantage to Mafco who fought had in search of an equaliser led by their marksman Calisto Kalinda upfront.

God finally answered Mafco’s prayers in the78th minute when they equalised.

Both sides launched a number of fierce moves in search of the winning goal which never came until the final whistle.

The match went straight into penalties where Mighty Wanderers managed to convert all their spot kicks.

Paul Ndlovu missed the last kick for Mafco before Khumbo Ng’ambi converted the last and winning spot kick to secure nomads semifinal place.

Mighty Wanderers coach Gerald Phiri told Nyasa Times in an interview that it was a tough match.

“It was a very tough and I am glad that we have managed to beat Mafco,” he said.

The Nomads will now meet Bullets who boot out Azam Tigers in Blantyre.

Asked on how he will prepare against the semi final clash against Bullets F.C who beat them 2-0 in their last encounter but in a different competition (TNM Super League), Wanderers coach said: “It will as any other game but we will conduct special preparations. This is a cup game and in football anything can happen”

“It is not going to be a revenge for us but we will make sure that we progress to the finals” said Phiri.

Mafco coach Stereo Gondwe refused to grant Nyasa Times an interview after the match. He was conspicuously dejected.

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