BeForward Wanderers dream of a cup treble is on track after holding their nerves to sneak past a 10-man Mafco 4-3 on post-match penalties and clinching a Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup quarterfinal berth on Thursday.
There were scenes of jubilation at Civo Stadium as the 2015 Carlsberg Cup kings, Wanderers, shrugged off Mafco following a goal-less draw in regulation time of the preliminary round match.
The Nomads next meet Red Lions in the last eight match joining Dedza Young Soccer Stars who saw off Kamuzu Barracks 10-9 also through penalty lotteries the previous day at the same venue.
Wanderers were stretched to the limit in normal play. The Nomads failed to make their numerical advantage count after Paul Ndlovu of Mafco was red-carded in the 39th minute for fouling Nomads goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa.
The Nomads converted their spot-kicks through Alfred Manyozo Jnr, Stanley Sanudi, Mike Kaziputa and Victor Nyirenda but Rafik Mussa’s attempt hit the post.
Mafco scored through Jailosi Kapalamula, Maurice Chiumia and Paul Phiri, whereas Osward Nkagula had his penalty saved by Richard Chipuwa before Zasher Mnongoneza hit the post with the last attempt.
In a post-match interview, Wanderers vice-team manager, Steve Madeira, was on cloud nine.
“It was a tough match, but I am happy because the players did well. We are still in the hunt for treble this season,” said Madeira.
Mafco coach, Thomas Maloya rued missed chances, adding that “Wanderers were good during penalties.”
During open play, the first half ended goalless as both teams failed to grab the opener.
Mafco had the best chances of the first half, but their striking force of Kalisto Kalinda and Nkagula missed three closest chances.
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