Be Forward Wanderers cruised to the semifinals of the Airtel Top 8 Cup with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Kamuzu Barracks (KB) at Balaka Stadium Sunday.
Joseph Kamwendo scored the lone goal of the second leg quarterfinal match from the spot to earn his team a place in the last four.
This means Wanderers have progressed with a 2-0 aggregate score after Kamwendo also scored in the first leg match under similar circumstances.
The veteran midfielder is now the leading scorer in the competition with two goals.
Going into the game with a 1-0 advantage, the Nomads seemed contented as they sat back and played second fiddle to the soldiers for the better part of the first half.
KB’s Manase Chiyesa scored 18 minutes into the first half but the goal was ruled out for offside. Both teams failed to play a passing game with the disjointed Wanderers being a shadow of themselves.
However, the soldiers failed to make the most of their chances despite winning the battle in midfield.
In the final half, KB pressed hard for a goal but the Nomads kept frustrating them.
Wanderers finally got a lifeline in the 27th minute when a KB defender handled the ball in the danger zone under pressure.
Kamwendo stepped up and converted the resultant spotkick to seal a semifinal slot for the Lali Lubani Road side.
Wanderers Coach, Yasin Osman, said the game was difficult and congratulated his charges for the win.
“Kamuzu Barracks came in strongly. We knew that it would be a physical game. But our players tried their best until we got the penalty,” Osman said.
But KB Team Manager, Kazizwa Banda, described Wanderers’ penalty as dubious.
“We played well but when your opponents score from a dubious penalty kick, it demoralises you. But I congratulate them for going through,” Banda said.
Wanderers have joined Nyasa Big Bullets in the semis, with two more second leg quarterfinal matches scheduled for this weekend.
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