Be Forward Wanderers came from behind to progress through into FISD Cup semi final stage after a Joseph Kamwendo stunning free kick late in the match completed a typical smash and grabbed victory against Moyale Barracks.
The entertaining game took place on Saturday at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
Moyale kicked off the game on a promising note as they played direct football with Nomads struggling to settle in the first 15 minutes.
Wanderers conceded an early goal after right winger Stanely Sanudi was caught in possession by Moyale’s aggressive forward Gastin Simkonda who laid the ball off to Deus Nkutu for a grass cutter finish, leaving Nenani Juwaya stranded.
Moyale’ lead lasted barely a minute when Nomad’s Mike Kaziputa floated into the box a well curved corner kick which found Wongani Kaipa.
Everyone misjudged the flight of the ball before Kaipa ghosted in from the blind side for a looping header that eluded goal minder Simon Harawa.
Wanderers were now attacking wave after wave as Esau Kanyenda was denied at close quarters with a header in a move that involved exquisite exchanges between Semion Singa, Zicco Mkanda and Kaziputa.
Wanderers continued to threaten the Moyale back line with Mkanda constantly wreaking havoc and Kaziputa should have put Nomads in the lead but blasted into the skies with the goal keeper lost in no man’s land.
Moyale’s upfront, which was led by Gastin Simkonda worked tirelessly to search for a goal but Peter Cholopi, Francis Mulimbika and Wongani Kaipa restricted them to long range efforts which never bothered Juwaya, leaving the two teams even at the interval.
Deus Nkutu nearly scored for the soldiers after being fed by combined efforts of Simkonda and Sandress Munthali whilst on the other side Yamikani Chester failed to capitalize on a one-on-one with the Moyale goalie following a defensive lapse.
Half way in the second half, Wanderers’ supporters demanded for Joseph Kamwendo’s introduction as they chanted his name ‘Kamwendo! Kamwendo!
The Nomads’ technical panel literally heeded to the fans’ chants when they withdrew Semion Singa.
The Wanderers supporters did not stop there as they also demanded Wadabwa’s entry and they soon got their wish as Esau Kanyenda was replaced. The introduction of these two experienced players paid off handsomely.
Wanderers then were coming wave after wave in the soldiers’ territory with Zicco Mkanda leading the front line who saw his effort crash off the underside of the bar.
The Moyale side that did not turn up in the second half happily rode their luck but only for some time.
Peter Wadabwa’s third touch led to Moyale’s defender, Alisten Black, to be shown a yellow card for the professional foul.
Moment of jubilation for the Nomads’ fans came 3 minutes before the end of the game when Joseph Kamwendo curled the ball from 30 yards out straight into the top corner beyond the grasp of keeper Harawa.
The ball kissed the up right before sending the Nomads stands on cloud nine as they chanted ‘Kamwendo’s name.
Despite the five-minute added time, it was too late for Moyale to recover as Be Forward Wanderers marched on to the final where they await the winner of Sunday’s encounter involving Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers at Bingu National Stadium.