What a way to celebrate their newly found Be Forward sponsorship! Mighty Wanderers earned a 6-5 post-match penalty win over TNM Super League champions Big Bullets yesterday to lift the Blantyre Mayor’s Charity Shield at Kamuzu Stadium.
For their victory, the Nomads received K1 million winners’ purse to add onto their K70 million one-year sponsorship deal with Japanese car exporters, Be Forward.
Patrick Gunde provided the final flourish for the Nomads as during sudden death play he converted his penalty after Bullets’ Frazer Menyani spot kick was saved by in form Richard Chipuwa.
This followed a goalless draw in regulation time and a stalemate in the first post-match penalties that saw the teams tied 5-5.
But, the game could have ended in Bullets’ favour in regulation time had Chipuwa failed to block Fischer Kondowe’s shot in a man-to-man situation.
Bullets controlled the better part of the game, which was full of retaliatory fouls in the first half, but they were guilty of poor finishing.
“We are very happy. Everyone did not give us a chance of winning this game considering that we were playing against the newly crowned league champions. This is a good way to celebrate the Be Forward sponsorship. We dedicate this shield to our new sponsors,” said Wanderers coach Kannock Munde.
Bullets acting head coach Mabvuto Lungu, whose team got K500 000, said losing the game has not given them any headache as their line-up was mostly meant to assess the players in preparation for the CAF Champions League tournament.
According to Blantyre City Mayor Noel Chalamanda, the match was aimed at raising funds for his ‘Keep the City Clean’ initiative. n