LILONGWE (Arkangel Tembo, Mana) –Mighty Be Forward Wanderers coach Elijah Kananji is relishing the Standard Bank Cup final against Civo United after his side stunned Blue Eagles 1-0 in Saturday’s semi-final at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe
Super substitute striker Muhammad Sulumba secured a thoroughly deserved victory for the Nomads 6 minutes before the end of the game to send the Nomads fans on an electric celebration as they chanted, “Manoma popita munditenge.”
The result means Wanderers have set a final date with Civo United after the Civil Servants ousted Big Bullets on Thursday with a 2-1 victory, and Kananji believes his side dominated and can’t wait for the final showpiece against the Civil Servants.
“We’re coming back here soon or they will face us in Blantyre, bring on the Civil Servants,” said Kananji, who is on the brink to win another trophy for the Lali-Lubani road boys this season after scooping the Carlsberg Cup.
“It was a great performance. The boys stuck in their despite failing to score in the first half and we always had belief. We stuck to the game plan and thoroughly deserved it.”
Jabulani Linje, straight from a long injury started for the Nomads partnering Victor Nyirenda and had a grand game in a brilliant individual performance; leading to his coach Kananji , who shook his hands following his late substitution, eulogising over Sulumba.
Said Kananji: “He’s the heartbeat really. He knows every turnstile in the ground at Civo Stadium. He’s going to be worth a lot of money to this football club.”
Kananji also mounted a concrete fence in defence, as he featured Boston Kabango for the first time, who partnered well with Kondwani Lufeyo, Stanely Sanudi and Ted Sumani.
On the middle of the park, Kananji opted for Alfred Manyozo Jnr and Kondwani Kumwenda, while Isaac Kaliat and Mike Kaziputa operated from the wings with Richard Chipuwa manning the posts.
However, despite their defeat, the area 30 cops tried to come back into the game but lack of composure on their strikers denied them a come back.
The likes of Schumaker Kuwali, John Banda and Malidadi Jnr tried to unlock the Nomads defence but alas they could not find the password.
After the last whistle it was, “Olire Manoma Olire Manoma,” as their fans escorted the Nomads 36 seater coaster on their way back to their Lali-lubani base in Blantyre.