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Nomads in semi-finals

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Striker Peter Wadabwa scored five goals as Be Forward Wanderers stormed the inaugural Fisd Challenge Cup semi-finals following an emphatic 8-0 thumping of clueless and hopeless Mzuzu minnows, Zolozolo FC, at Kamuzu Stadium yesterday.

Watched by a spoonful crowd which included Wanderers’ sponsor, Be Forward Limited’s officials from Japan on a humid afternoon, it was one-way traffic going the Lali Lubani Road direction. So pathetic were Zolozolo they even fluffed two penalties.

Winger Mike Kaziputa, midfielder Joseph Kamwendo and striker Jabulani Linje scored the other goals for Wanderers who date Kamuzu Barracks in the semi-finals. Silver Strikers challenge Blue Eagles in the other semi-final.

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Nomads did not need to be at their best to score as the opposition, which included former Nyasa Big Bullets and Flames’ midfielder, Luka Muyaba, slipped and tripped on their own to gift the hosts five goals in the first-half.

Wanderers’ Coach, Yasin Osman, could even afford the luxury of substituting goalkeeper, Valence Kamzere, Kamwendo and defender Lewis Minjale for Cameroonian, Enoga Hamza, Nigerian Amos Bello and Japanese Genki Nakamura, respectively, at half-time.

By that time Wanderers had killed off the game as a contest. Wadabwa opened the scoring when finishing off into the net Zolozolo goalkeeper, Griffin Jere’s spilled ball in the fifth minute.

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Jere committed a basic goalkeeping gaffe by punching a ball straight onto the path of Wadabwa. The Zolozolo keeper cleared another ball in similar fashion to set a perfect low volley for Kamwendo from the centre circle five minutes later.

As Zolozolo stumbled, misplaced balls and collided amongst themselves, Wadabwa sneaked into the box to stylishly flick in the third.

Linje added the fourth, wriggling his way past bemused defenders before firing into the roof of the net. It was a perfect carbon copy of Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil’s midweek Champions League goal.

Four soon became five as Kaziputa leapt at the back-post to volley from Jimmy Zakazaka’s cut-back from the right corner.

Zolozolo’s Coach, William Kanyenda, had seen enough of Jere’s sloppy goalkeeping he dragged him off the pitch. In came former Karonga United custodian, Chimwemwe Kasambara, who, too, conceded from Wadabwa’s second half hat-trick.

Wanderers even had the luxury of gifting the Simama Premier Division side two penalties after Wanderers’ captain, Francis Mlimbika’s hand-balls, but first Smith Kadawasi fired his shot wide then Hamza endeared himself to the crowd by stopping another penalty by Overton Ngulube.

Despite the defeat, Kanyenda, who stepped in for coach Oscar Kaunda who resigned last week, looked indifferent to the loss.

“It was a good game. It is just that we gifted Wanderers goals too early in the game, otherwise I am so proud of my boys. We had a lion’s share of possession and even Wanderers can admit that we gave them a good run for their money,” Kanyenda claimed. It just seemed Kanyenda was watching another game.

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