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BE Forward Wanderers continued their dominance over archrivals Nyasa Big Bullets yesterday after a 1-0 victory in Wafawafa Bonanza semi-final at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

Wanderers will face Kamuzu Barracks, who defeated Silver Strikers also by a 1-0 margin in another semifinal yesterday, in the final at the same venue today. It was Wanderers’ third consecutive victory over Bullets, having also beaten their rivals in the Luso TV Bus Ipite Bonanza in December 2016 and January this year.

For Bullets, they are yet to register victory at the new stadium in Lilongwe in two consecutive games since it was opened in January.

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On the pitch, Yamikani Chester came off the bench and made the difference when he provided the killer punch in the 58th minute. Chester’s thunderous shot caught Bullets goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe napping. In the early kick off match, KB advanced to the final courtesy of Kelvin Hanganda’s second-half goal.

Today’s final promises to be entertaining as KB and Wanderers also met in the Fisd Challenge Cup final which ended in favour of the Nomads last season. Yesterday, the Nomads played organised football, epitomised by a rock solid defence marshalled by new catch Lucky Malata, Stanley Sanudi and Francis Mlimbika.

The loss to Wanderers exposed Bullets’ weaknesses ahead of the new the season. Bullets failed to tick and lacked hunger for goals. The People’s Team has a lot of homework before the start of season.

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However, Chimango Kayira provided the much needed balance in midfield throughout the game. However, strikers Muhammad Sulumba and Mussa Manyenje had their efforts ruled out correctly for offside. Sulumba missed one of the best chances of the match when he shot straight into the palms of Nomads goalkeeper Vales Kamzere.

In a post-match reaction, Nomads Head Coach Yasin Osman praised his side for executing the game-plan well. “The players played well and they followed instructions. New players combined well with the others, “ Osman said.

His Bullets counterpart Nsanzurwimo Ramadan conceded defeat. “We are still preparing for the season and, despite the loss, I am happy with the performance of the team. We will work on the weaknesses before the season starts, “he said.

Line-ups: Wanderers: Kamzere, Sanudi, Mlimbika, Harry Nyirenda, Malata, Mike Kaziputa, Joseph Kamwendo, Alfred Manyozo, Felix Zulu, Peter Wadabwa, Amos Bello. Bullets: Ernest Kakhobwe, Pilirani Zonda, John Lanjesi, Miracle Gabeya, Yamikani Fodya, Kondwani Kumwenda, Fisher Kondowe, Kayira, Dalitso Sailesi, Sulumba, Manyenje.

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