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Kananji warns players against complacency

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WHILE not trying to spoil the apparent party mood in the Be Forward Mighty Wanderers’ camp, the Nomads coach Elia Kananji has warned his charges not to get carried away with the Carlsberg Cup triumph because there were more battles ahead.

The Nomads are in a merry season after winning the Carlsberg Cup following a 2-1 victory over rivals, Big Bullets, at Civo Stadium last Saturday.

Kananji must have been the happiest person after making history for winning the coveted trophy with two different teams in two seasons.

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Kananji led Bullets to the cup’s success last year. “I am personally happy to have won the competition with Wanderers after doing it with Bullets last year. I was looking forward to achieving that feat.

However, we still have more competitions such as the Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup and the Super League. We have to stay focused. The past is gone. There is no room for complacency. If we get complacent, we could struggle in the second round.”

Wanderers are currently six points behind Super League leaders and defending champions, Bullets. “There is good depth in the team. We are missing four key players through injury, but the replacements have also performed well. We do not need to panic over the strength of the squad. This team has good potential,” he said.

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The Nomads have been without Francis Mlimbika, Jabulani Linje, Ishmael Thindwa and Malumbo Gondwe for some time. Their replacements Ted Sumani, Alfred Manyozo Jnr, Victor Nyirenda and Kondwani Kumwenda were vital to the Carlsberg Cup success.

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