BE Forward Wanderers goalkeeper, Richard Chipuwa, produced yet another classic performance to help his team progress into the finals of the Carlsberg Cup after seeing off Moyale Barracks at Mzuzu Stadium 3-2 on post-match penalties.
Chipuwa saved three penalty kicks to win the match for his side just like he did in the quarterfinals against Blue Eagles. This means the Nomads are on course to claim a third straight Carlsberg Cup title.
After a dull start to the game, it was obvious that the match will be settled through penalty kicks. The two sides looked to have worked much on the tactical aspect to avoid conceding, as they created minimal scoring chances. Wanderers skipper, Joseph Kamwendo, could have wrapped up the game with ten minutes to play, but his effort was well-saved by Juma Chikwenga in Moyale’s goal.
With five minutes to go, the Nomads were awarded a penalty after Mphatso Mhone handled inside the box. But Chikwenga was the hero again as he saved Kamwendo’s weak spot-kick to keep the scores goalless until the final whistle.
Kamwendo, Khumbo Ng’ambi and Peter Wadabwa converted their spot kicks for the Nomads, while Charles Chilembo, Deus Mkutu and Mhone had their kicks saved by Chipuwa. Chikwenga also thwarted Stanley Sanudi’s spotkick while Ted Sumani missed his, with Clifford Fukizi and Khuda Muyaba converting for Moyale.
Heartbroken Moyale interim Coach, Charles Kamanga, conceded defeat and said he will switch his attention to the TNM Super League.
“During the shootout, I thought my players will do as I advised them during training. But once again, it was not our day. It happens. But it pains to lose in this manner,” he said.
Wanderers Team Manager Steve Madeira said though his team has progressed to the final, he was not happy.
“We won yes, but I am not happy because we did not play our usual game. This pitch is so bumpy and we did not give our supporters the game they wanted to watch. Nevertheless, we are in the finals and we are looking forward to getting our third straight Carlsberg Cup triumph,” Madeira said.
This was the third time Moyale had failed to overcome the Nomads after losing 3-2 in the Airtel Top 8 Cup and 5-1 in a recent league match.
Wanderers meet Mzuni at Mzuzu Stadium this afternoon in a match that could see them return to the summit of the Super League log table should they win. Silver Strikers lead with 32 points while the Nomads have 31.
Starting lineupsMoyale: Chikwenga, Mhone, Robert Simkonda, Boyboy Chima, Lovemore Jere, Victor Gondwe, Fukizi, Lesman Singini, Zondiwe Munthali, Muyaba, Smith Kadawasi Wanderers Chipuwa, Sanudi, Harry Nyirenda, Lucky Malata, Sumani, Kamwendo, Rafiq Namwera, Isaac Kaliati, Mike Kaziputa, Wadabwa, Precious Msosa.
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