Be Forward Wanderers yesterday sealed their Luso TV Bus Ipite Bonanza mission with back to back victories over their age-old rivals Nyasa Big Bullets with a 5-1 aggregate score.
The Nomads completed the assignment with a 2-1 win as the new magnificent Bingu National Stadium danced to their tune.
It was the first time that the 40 000- seater state-of-the-art stadium hosted a match and the atmosphere from the turnout, especially from nyerere (Wanderers fans), was electric and colourful as they got the feel of this grand arena.
Wanderers’ ‘sniper’ Jaffalie Chande was again the centrepiece of the Nomads’ significant victory with a brace that saw them win the K25 million worth 26-seater Nissan Caravan bus.
If there is one thing that continues to haunt the People’s Team, then it was to let Chande cross the great divide as he has now turned into their tormentor. No wonder his move from red to the blue side of town sparked controversy.
Barely two minutes into the game, even before the fans had the feel of the action, the ‘sniper’ ghosted in to tap into the net a fumbled ball after goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe had failed to deal with a Mike Kaziputa well-curled corner kick.
Chande claimed the second goal in the 37th minute.
During the first leg, he again scored twice as the Nomads registered an emphatic 3-0 win while battle-hardened midfielder Joseph Kamwendo, netted the other.
The People’s Team came into the second half with renewed purpose, forcing the Nomads into rearguard action and they hit one back through Collen Nkhulambe, but it was too little too late.
There were scenes so lovely as the Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa handed over the bus to the Nomads while their rivals trudged off the pitch with their heads hung in disappointment.
The Nomads team manager Stevie Madeira said they were happy to register back to back victories against their arch-rivals.
“And to win the first match at this imposing stadium, was amazing. Credit should go to the boys for giving out their all. The importance of the prize itself cannot be overemphasised, the bus will ease our transport challenges,” he said.
His Bullets counterpart Elia Kananji said: “I think we started the game under pressure and by the time we settled down, the damage had already been done.” n