Be Forward Wanderers and Blue Eagles reached the Bingu Ikhome Bonanza final after defeating Silver Strikers and Nyasa Big Bullets respectively at Bingu National Stadium (BNS) in Lilongwe yesterday.
Both matches ended 1-0.
Wanderers and Blue Eagles face each other this afternoon with the champion set to pocket K5 million while Bullets and Silver will battle for third place in an early kickoff.
In the first match, Wanderers needed the wizardly of striker Felix Zulu to break Silver’s resilience in the dying minutes of a much balanced match.
Wanderers assistant coach Oscar Kaunda said he was over the moon with the win considering that their striking force was blunt.
Silver coach Abbas Makawa said he was disappointed to lose a match: “We dominated.”
Attacking ace Schumachar Kuwali was Eagles’ hero after scoring the winner midway in the second half.
Bullets finished the match
with 10 men after right-back Pilirani Zonda received a straight red card for a foul he committed in the second half.
The People’s team huffed and puffed for an equaliser, but the Police side were defensively well organised to be bullied into submission.
Bullets coach Callisto Pasuwa said his team was rusty because he fielded players that had not played regularly this season.
Defender Sankhani Mkandawire, Fischer Kondowe and goalkeeper Owen Chaima are some of the veterans that featured in the tournament organised by National Youth Council.
Eagles coach Deklerk Msakakuona praised his charges for a spirited performance that ensured the victory.
“We are excited to win the match. We are very much looking forward to the final against Wanderers. We will stick to our game. We want to win this trophy,” he said