Mighty Be-Forward Wanderers quest to grab the second cup this season got a major boost as a late second half goal from substitute Muhammad Sulumba eliminated Blue Eagles to ensure them a place in the final of Standard Bank Knock out cup against Civo United.
The game marked the return of Jabulani Linje-who started ahead of an impressive Muhammad Sulumba.
The Nomads had their first chance in the early stages when Mike Kaziputa’s a great chance missed the upright with a fraction of a centimeter.
After surviving that early scare, Blue Eagles had the better chances with Captain John Banda combining well with Shumaker Kuwali forcing Richard Chipuwa into an impressive diving save.
The Lalirubani boys continued to press for the opener but Blues Eagles managed to contain the pressure and the first have half ended goalless.
Wanderers came into the early second half in an a spectacular fashion as the ever confident Stanley Sanudi was all over supply balls upfront but Blue Eagles defenders were always in front of Wanderers’ strikers to clear the menace.
As the game was into the last quarter Wanderers introduced Sulumba for ineffective Linje who was straggling for match fitness.
Moment later the Carlsberg Cup Champions thought they would be awarded a penalty after Sulumba ‘s flick landed on one of the Blue Eagles’ defender but the referee waved play on.
Blue Eagles had struggled going forward in the later stages but almost took the lead when John Malidadi Jnr – who had come in for Charles Ngosi – muscled his way past several defenders before realizing a superb pass to Kuwali who couldn’t manage to get the ball in the opposition’s net and that proved to be the best opportunity of the match.
The Nomads got off to the finals two minutes before the end of the 45 minutes, when a young talented Stanley Sanudi realized a cross into the police side outfit and Sulumba jumped high to welcome the ball into the net, making it 1-0.
Speaking in an interview after the match, Wanderers team manager Steven Madeira praised his side for the excellent performance.
“We said we want to compete on every trophy that we played this season and probably grab it.
“This is the second one, we are coming back to the final and we are happy with what the boys have done, congratulations to the boys,” he said.
His counterpart Wilson Chidatu who is one of the Blue Eagles’s technical members, blamed his team for missing chances.
“The game was 50/50 only that we didn’t use our chances, Wanderers had only one chance and utilized it, hence the punishment,” he said.
Wanderers will date Civo united in the final on the 31st October at the venue to be announced later after the Lilongwe giants got the better of Big Bullets on Thursday at the Kamuzu Stadium.