Nomads In Presidential Cup Semi-Finals: Grill Max Bullets To Size
Mighty Be Forward Wanderers set up a sem-ifinal meeting with Moyale Barracks in the Presidential Cup following a 2-1 win over MTV Max Bullets at the Kamuzu Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Playing without a number of their regular players due to suspension and injuries, Wanderers were first to hit the target 17minutes into the first half with enterprising Isaac Kaliati on the score-sheet.
Kaliati scored from an easy move that was orchestrated by Mike Kaziputa beating two Max Bullets players in the process before releasing Kaliati to score with from a tap in.
Max Bullets were level 15 minutes later with Mayeso Mphanje on the score-sheet. Mphanje scored from a free-kick position beating Wanderers keeper Peter Munthali after a slight deflection.
Wanderers caretaker Coach Eddington Ng’onamo then made a tactical substitution taking off Ernest Tambe for Alfred Manyozo Junior. The move didn’t produce effective results as Manyozo’s natural position is playing a deep role and not what N’gonamo had demanded from him.
Soon after recess, the Lali Lubani outfit then brought on their Nigerian import, Amos Bello for un effective Luka Bruno Milanzi who was jeered by a few section of Wanderers VIP supporters for his poor performance.
Max Bullets Coach Trevor Kajawa on the other end made two tactical substitutions within a space of five minutes mid-way the second half but still more none of the players brought any impact to their play.
Towards the last quarter of the match, Wanderers then started pushing for a winning goal and on two attempts were close to going in front through Peter Wadabwa and Bello but their efforts were clearly denied by a solid Max Bullets defense.
However, Max Bullets resilience was Brocken five minutes before the final whistle, as Wanderers were awarded a penalty following a handball in the 18-yard box.
This time, Wadabwa did not hesitate but put the game to bed with a decent penalty sending Wanderers through to the semifinals of the competition to the delight of Ng’onamo.
“What a game. We had to sweat for the win and praised be to God for the victory,” Ng’onmao said.
“ We were without a few key players but still more could not accept an upset having gone this far. We missed Captain Francis Mlimbika who was serving two yellow cards and a few other players who are on our injury list but still more we got away with a win.
“We take each game as it comes and now the focus is on the league game we are expected to play this weekend against Red Lions,” said the former Flames Coach.
On his part, Kajawa for MTV Max Bullets congratulated Wanderers for going through to the next level of the competition.
The win means Wanderers set up a meeting with Moyale Barracks in the semifinals while MAFCO awaits the winner between Kabwafu and Nyasa Bullets who are expected to meet in Mzuzu this coming Saturday.