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Can Nomads upset high scoring Moyale Barracks?

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Domestic cup specialists Be Forward Wanderers and Moyale Barracks face off this afternoon in the semi-final of Airtel Top 8 Cup at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

It promises to be an entertaining encounter with both sides hoping to, for the first time, reach the final of the inaugural cup.

Both sides have a rich cup history but the Nomads have struggled to beat the soldiers in all competitions since 2014.

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In the last three seasons, Wanderers and Moyale have shared fortunes in all competitions.

But the soldiers have a slight advantage having knocked out their opponents in last season’s Presidential Cup after a 1-0 victory at Mzuzu Stadium.

Perhaps, Wanderers would be seeking revenge against the soldiers at the neutral venue.

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However, Wanderers are unbeaten in three games of all competitions at the giant stadium whereas in their only appearance, Moyale lost 5-2 to Silver Strikers at the Lilongwe venue.

This is an open game although for more than a decade, the Nomads have enjoyed success in inaugural tournaments.

However, the fixture against Moyale would be tough for Wanderers.

The Nomads experienced mentor Yasin Osman believes his charges are in a good mood ahead of the match.

“Cup games are always difficult but the players are in the right frame of mind. We are taking the game seriously and we will do our best to qualify for the final,” Osman said on Thursday.

Moyale Acting Coach, Charles Kamanga, said he was determined to dent Wanderers’ good cup record.

“The preparations have been good and we know that we will do well. They are enjoying good form just like us and it will be one of the best games to watch,” Kamanga said.

As usual, the Nomads would pin their hopes on Joseph Kamwendo, Yamikani Chester, Lucky Malata and Jafali Chande.

On other hand, the soldiers have weapons such as Khuda Muyaba, Zondiwe Munthali and Crispin Fukizi, who are potential match winners.

In this afternoon’s encounter, the Nomads welcome back talisman Peter Wadabwa from injury whereas Ishmael Thindwa and Amos Bello are still out due to the same.

In the other camp, Moyale will be without top forward Gastin Sinkonda and Lovemore Mitengo who sustained injuries in a road accident recently.

On their way to the semi-final, the Nomads knocked out Azam Tigers 3-1 on aggregate whereas Moyale defeated brothers-in-arms Mafco 6-2 on aggregate.

In another semi-final clash, Silver will meet Kamuzu Barracks at Civo Stadium tomorrow.

The winners of the semi-finals will clash in the final for the ultimate K15 million prize money for the completion.

Statistics

2014

Wanderers 0 Moyale 2

Moyale 1 Wanderers 1

2015

Moyale1 Wanderers 1

Wanderers 1 Moyale 1

2016

Moyale 2 Wanderers 2

Wanderers 1 Moyale 1

Moyale 1 Wanderers 0 (Presidential Cup)

2017

Wanderers 1 Moyale 2 (pre-season friendly)

 

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