After making a false start in the first half when they grabbed two quick goals, Moyale Barracks crashed out of the Airtel Top 8 Cup after a high scoring 3-2 loss to Be Forward Wanderers at Bingu National Stadium yesterday.
The Nomads, who staged a great comeback to emerge winners, became the first team to reach the final and now await the winner of today’s match between Kamuzu Barracks (KB) and Silver Strikers at Civo Stadium.
Moyale grabbed the opener through Boyboy Chima after 27 minutes in the first half. Chima arrowed a thunderous shot that hit the post before going into the net.
A few minutes later, Dan Katunga made it 2-0 with a goal which was gifted to him by Wanderers goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa.
But hero of the day, Khumbo Ng’ambi had other ideas with a clinical finish to put the game at 2-1 before recess.
In the second half, the Nomads continued from where they left with Ng’ambi levelling the scores early in the second half.
Moments later, Ng’ambi completed his hat-trick when he fired in a low shot after being put through by Felix Zulu.
It was the all-important goal that proved decisive in an entertaining encounter that left many spectators on the edge of their seats.
Felix Zulu, Jabulani Linje and Yamikani Chester were a handful to Moyale defenders whereas Katunga and Khuda Muyaba were also dangerous at the front for the soldiers.
It was an emotional feeling for the Nomads family as they ambled towards another historic cup glory.
Coach Yasin Osman punched the air in celebration and commented after the match that he felt good to have guided his team to another cup final.
“It is a good feeling when you come back from two goals down and still win the match. The boys showed great character,” Osman said.
Moyale assistant coach Wilson Mkandawire said the soldiers gave the match away when they lost concentration in the second half.
“We started the game on a low note but scored two goals. Wanderers came back stronger and used delaying tactics to win,” Mkandawire said.
Meanwhile, Kamuzu Barracks (KB) and Silver Strikers are set to meet this afternoon at Lilongwe’s Civo Stadium in the last semifinal.
KB Head Coach, Billy Phambala, said he is aware of the threat posed by Silver as they have assembled a young, talented team which is hungry for success.
“Our plan is to win the tournament. We know it will not be an easy task because Silver are a good team but we will go through,” Phambala said.
His counterpart, Lovemore Fazili, admitted that meeting KB has always been tough for his side but said he has different plans to stop the soldiers in their tracks.
“We will play our usual attacking game and we will aim at getting an early goal,” Fazili said.
Line ups – Wanderers – Richard Chipuwa, Stanley Sanudi, Harry Nyirenda, Lucky Malata, Alfred Manyozo,Joseph Kamwendo, Yamikani Chester, Felix Zulu, Khumbo Ng’ambi, Jabulani Linje
Moyale – Black Alisen, Lovemore Jere, Sandrous Munthali, Timothy Nyirenda, Boy boy Chima, Lyod Njaliwa, Brown Magaga, Chaveka Gwetsani, Dan Katunga.
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