Civo Service United beat Mighty Be forward Wanderers 1-0 at Civo Stadium on Sunday afternoon to win this year’s Standard Bank knockout Cup.
The Civo servants took the bragging rights in the in the 88th minute goal from Nelson kangunje.
Despite having playing a second feudal in each half, the home side held on to clinch the glory.
Civo united technical panel made a single change to the side that dispatched Big Bullets in the competition, handing Thoko Harrison a first eleven shirt whilst Gerard Nkungula was relegated to the bench.
The visitors, though, were without the injured duo of midfielder Raffik Mussa and striker Ishmael Thindwa, dominated the proceedings from the first whistle.
Mike Kaziputa had the first short on target in the opening ten minutes but his effort was deservedly collected by a well composed Duncan Mkandawire, moments later Mike Kaziputa, Muhamad Sulumba and Alfred Manyozo combined well to release the ball to Kondwani Kumwenda whose scuffed shot missed the goal.
The hosts though, had a half chance to convert just before the break when Kangunje failed to collect a cross from Victor Mpinganjila inside Nomads penalty area.
The best chance of the first half came just two minutes before the close of the first half when Jabulani Linje played the ball Kumwenda in Civo’s area only to be denied by a superb clears from the goal line by Wyson Nkana.
Chances were very scarce in the early part of the second half as both teams were straggling to create clear chances.
Both teams failed to register a serious attacking threat and when everyone was expecting to see penalties deciding the winner, Civo united produced a moment of brilliance from Nerson Kangunje two minutes before the end of 90 minutes.
A well taken free kick by Emmanuel Zoya landed to Kangunje who made no slight mistake but producing a quick tap in into the top corner of Chipuwa’s net, to the disbelief of Nomads faithful.
It was the case of too little too late for the Blantyre giants as the Lilongwe giants clinging on to their advantage to clinch their first ever Standard Bank Cup silver ware.