Be Forward Wanderers assistant coach Eliah Kananji is on the verge of becoming the first coach to win the Carlsberg Cup three years in a row.
Kananji won the cup with Wanderers last season just after he had done the same while at Nyasa Big Bullets in 2014 to become the first coach to win the cup in two consecutive seasons with different clubs.
As the Nomads are preparing to face Silver Strikers in the 2016 edition final, Kananji is gunning for yet another record.
“Our aim is to defend the Carlsberg Cup; that’s without doubt. So, yes, it will be nice to be the first coach to win the cup three years in a row,” he said.
In the absence of head coach Eddington Ng’onamo, who is in Denmark, Kananji has been in charge of the team in the Carlsberg Cup campaign.
Team manager Steve Madeira said the Nomads would also want to break another record of being the first team to win the cup with a clean sheet.
“We have not conceded a goal this far in the Carlsberg Cup and we are confident that we will defend the title with a clean sheet,” he said.
The Nomads beat their reserve side 1-0 in the round of 32 before booting out Kamuzu Barracks in round of 16 with a 2-0 victory.
But they struggled to beat Southern Region Football League sides Prison United in the quarter-finals and Mangochi Police in the semi-finals with 1-0 margins.
The Nomads now face Silver Strikers in the final next Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium.
The bankers’ road to the final has not been easy. They had to outsmart Civo United 1-0 in round of 32.
They then beat Zolozolo 4-1in round of 16 before seeing off Red Lions 1-0 in quarter-finals.