Substitute Joseph Kamwendo’s classic free-kick in the 88thminute of the game gave Be Forward Wanderers a final berth with a 2-1 win overMoyale Barracks in the
Victor Mwale had fouled Peter Wadabwa just outside the box and Kamwendo curved the ball past the defence to score.
Kamwendo, replaced Simeon Singa in the 67th minute.
Wanderers went into the game with most of their regulars not in the starting line-up but they played with purpose.
However, it was Moyale, who threatened Wanderers to score after 10 minutes through Deus Mkutu after eluding Francis Mlimbika to pounce on Gastin Simkonda pass and shot past goalkeeper Nenani Juwaya.
Nomads replied with an act of their own. Yamikan Chester set Zicco Mkanda on the right flank who dribbled through Moyale defence and in the process forced a corner kick.
Bongani Kaipa headed home a corner kick to make it 1-1 as Moyale goalkeeper Semion Harawa failed to punch the ball into safety.
Simkonda nearly restored Moyale lead but shot wide unmarked with just him and Juwaya .
It was an attacking game befitting a semi-final as the two teams battled for the final slot.
Nkanda was the main threat to Moyale defence who struggled to contain him and had it not been for the alert goalkeeper Wanderers could have led at halftime.
The second half saw Moyale being aggressive.
BoyBoy Chima long pass found an advancing Mkutu in Wanderers box but his effort was tamed by Juwaya.
Thriving on counter attacks, Wanderers went on rampage soon as Stanley Sanudi dispossessed Sandre Munthali to set up Chester but goalkeeper Harawa came to his team’s rescue.
To add punch in the midfield, Wanderers introduced Kamwendo for Simeon Singa and Wadabwa for Esau Kanyenda who had a passive game.
It did not take time for Kamwendo’s impact to be felt. He took a cross to Nkanda but the former Mozambique based professional hit the post.
Moyale also substituted Crispin Fukizi for Lessman Singini.
In a pos-match interview Moyale coach Charles Kamanga had praise for his boys but also took a dig at referee Easter Zimba.
Wanderers coach Bob Mpinganjira was happy with the victory.
“It was a good win against a very determined side. It was a difficult game and the boys put up 100 percent effort. It is a great result and I really I am pleased, “ he said.
Wanderers will meet either Nyasa Big Bullets or Silver Strikers who are playing today in Lilongwe.
“We played a good game and managed to create chances. We did not deserve to lose we were just unlucky today. The officiation too was not that good. Many decisions went against us,” said
Moyale beat Blue Eagles 3-2 at Nankhaka ground in Lilongwe in the quarter-finals while Wanderers thrashed Airborne Rangers 6-0. n