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By Williams Gondwa:

The dramatic Carlsberg Cup party reaches its finale this afternoon when Be Forward Wanderers entertain Masters Security at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

It has been a competition full of surprises with lower-league side Hangover partaking in the guzzling party all the way up to the last four stage where they succumbed to Wanderers.

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Masters will be playing in their first-ever cup final after booting out giants Nyasa Big Bullets 4-3 on post-match penalties.

‘Migwanya’, as Masters are popularly known, started the campaign by beating Mzuni 8-7 at Dedza Stadium through post-match penalties.

In regulation time, Juma Yatina scored for Masters while Victor Gondwe scored for Mzuni.

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The Lilongwe-based side went on to beat Cobbe Barracks 3-1 in the round of 16 at the same venue.

Goals from Captain Francis Mkonda, Yatina and Vincent Nyangulu were enough for Masters to proceed in the competition while Blessings Malemia scored Cobbe’s consolation.

Masters continued their mazy run in the quarterfinals with a 4-3 beating of Mafco through post-match penalties after a 1-1 draw at the Civo Stadium in Lilongwe to book a date with Bullets.

The People’s Team took the lead through Yamikani Fodya but Masters equalised courtesy of John Chalamanda’s goal.

On the other hand, the Nomads started their Carlsberg journey by beating Karonga United 2-0 in the round of 32.

Defender Bongani Kaipa and attacker Mike Kaziputa scored a goal each for the Lali Lubani Road side.

In the round of 32, Wanderers whacked Dwangwa United 4-0 at Kamuzu Stadium, thanks to Precious Msosa’s brace, with Zicco Mkanda and Peter Wadabwa scoring a goal each.

The 2017 Carlsberg Cup runners-up beat Tigers 5-4 in the quarterfinals through post-match penalties at the same venue.

In 90 minutes, Wanderers scored through Esau Kanyenda while Anthony Namwera netted for Kau Kau.

The Nomads were 3-0 winners over Hangover through Stanly Sanudi, Joseph Kamwendo and Zicco Mkanda to qualify for the final.

Masters Coach Abas Makawa said they are not under pressure ahead of the crunching tie.

“We are coming from afar and we know what we want. We were not given a chance that we could reach the final but here we are. All is well in our camp and we are ready to re-write Malawi’s football history by winning this cup,” Makawa said.

Wanderers Technical Director Yasin Osman said they are not undermining Masters.

“They have improved quite a lot and we know that they want to make history. But we are a big club and we have to win this cup at all cost,” Osman said.

Carlsberg Cup ambassador Gerald Phiri Junior said the final will be entertaining as both teams play good football.

“It feels great to be part of this historic moment and I know that fans will come in large numbers to watch the cup final. I am just urging both teams to display good football so that fans should be thoroughly entertained,” Phiri Jnr said.

The Nomads failed to defend the cup last year after losing to Bullets in the final at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe through post-match penalties.

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