- expels Mighty Be Forward Wanderers Fc from FISD Challenge cup
By Madalitso Phiri.
Moyale Barracks Fc has finally broken a hat trick of losses it had been suffering at the hands of Mighty Be Forward Wanderers Fc by smashing them via a 2 goal to nil margin at Mzuzu stadium on Thursday afternoon (10th October 2017).
Having fallen victim to The Nomads’ winning streak against the home team, on paper, it was almost too tempting to conclude the feat was to be repeated.
However, the soldiers had other plans. It was not to be.
A brace in the first half courtesy of Timothy Nyirenda was enough to bid the defending champions goodbye from this glorious cup as Moyale Barracks FC proved too hard to be cracked.
From the onset, it was evident the home team had a purpose as it was too resilient in almost all departments.
The first ten minutes also saw both teams knocking onto each other’s goals but it paid no dividends. It was the visitors however who caused the first real trouble as in-form lethal forward, Esau Kanyenda fired a low shot that could only hit the woodwork.
However, fate was to play its part on the Mzuzu-based soldiers as captain for the day, Timothy Nyirenda beautifully connected a tantalizing Lesman Singini cross from the right flank. Nomads’ goalie had no option but to collect the ball from his net.
If the first goal wasn’t enough for the Nomads to believe, Timothy was punish the visitors again. Moyale Barracks FC’s Gift Nyando’s tempting cross into the D-zone confused Nomads’ Kondwani Lufeyo, who in the jinx of the events, handled the ball, and referee Patrick Ngoleka pointed to the dreaded spot. The resulting spot kick saw Nyirenda coolly converting, to make it two nil.
Two nil it ended in favour of Moyale and it was “Neba-Neba mutu sukugwira”, a song that was sang after the game. No surprise this time, as men in Red and White colours joined the Moyale supporters to cheer the home team.
After the game, the Cup specialist coach for Moyale, Nicholas Mhango said being the underdogs into the game was their main lethal weapon.
“When you are beaten by someone three times, you are learning, you are studying them. So, this time we had urged our players, to work hard and coordinate up front to score goals and we have done it! We will continue up to the final!” Challenged Mhango.
For his part coach for the defeated side, Yasin Teacher Osman attributed the loss to fatigue as they had to play three away matches in five days.
“It is not surprising that we have lost the game, we didn’t play well. We have played three games in a space of four days, FIFA rules say a player must stay 48 hours before the next match”.
Following the loss, the Nomads have now failed to grab a Silverware in Major Cup competitions this season. It also missed the Airtel Top 8 Bonanza, and the Carlsberg Cup. It’s only hope is now the elite TNM super league where the Nomads are on the driving seat.