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Nomads target 6th straight cup final win

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Be Forward Wanderers coach Elia Kananji has said he is cherishing the prospect of guiding his side to a sixth consecutive cup success.

Wanderers meet Civo United in a Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup final on Sunday at Civo Stadium.

Wanderers have won the last five consecutive finals with the latest being the 2-1 victory over rivals, Big Bullets, in a 2015 Carlsberg Cup final last August.

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The Nomads won the 2009 Presidential Cup after defeating the now-defunct Escom United 3-2 on post-match penalties.

Wanderers won the competition again in 2011 after beating Mafco 1-0.

The Nomads then won the Standard Bank Knockout Cup back-to-back in 2012 and 2013 after beating Silver Strikers on both occasions.

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After Tuesday’s training session in Blantyre, Kananji said he was eager to continue with the club’s impressive record in cup finals.

“All coaches that were here before did well to preserve that record. I do not want to tarnish that record. Therefore, I will make sure we win the cup on Sunday,” he said.

Kananji said the Nomads’ preparations have been boosted with the return of Francis Mlimbika, Ishmael Thindwa and Ted Sumani who were injured.

“Their return increases competition in the team and everybody knows he has to fight to make it into the squad for the cup final. The players know this is the last realistic chance for another piece of silverware this season, therefore, everybody is ready for the battle,” he said.

Meanwhile, Civo United management has promised players a 60 percent cut if they win the cup final.

The club’s general secretary, Rashid Ntelera, told this paper on Monday that if they win the cup, the players will share K6 million from the K10 million prize package.

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