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Masters secures Carlsberg Cup for the first time on post-match penalties

Written by  Arkangel Tembo
Wanderers players in disbelief  after the last whistle during a previous loss - File Photo Wanderers players in disbelief after the last whistle during a previous loss - File Photo

Blantyre, October 21, 2018: Masters Security emerged winners of the 2018 Carlsberg Cup after beating the Be Forward Wanderers after the game had ended in a 1-1 draw in regulation time. 

Precious Sambani gave the Nomads the lead 40 seconds into kick-off but Master Security substitute, Sammy Phiri equalized in the 85th minute to force the game into penalty shootout.

Captain Alfred Manyozo Junior was the afternoon’s villain as he saw his spot-kick being acrobatically saved by the Nomads’ former goalkeeper, Bester ‘Bengo’ Phiri.

This was Wanderers second consecutive failure to lose in the Carlsberg final following their last season’s misfortune at Bingu National Stadium (BNS) when they lost in penalties as well to Nyasa Big Bullets.

Wanderers kicked-off the game on a high note as they pinned the visitors into their own half with the likes of Isaac Kaliati and Yamikani Chester leading the onslaught and taking turns to taunt the Area 36 out-fit.

Right winger, Stanley Sanudi could have added the second goal for the Nomads as his long range kissed the woodwork whilst Chester and Kaliati each came close to finding the target but were guilty of poor finishing.

Master Security were a marvel to watch with a passing game and towering striker, Babatunde Adebayo was a thorn in the flesh all afternoon with his aerial agility, physical presence and pace.

Another notable player for Masters who caused havoc to the Nomads was evergreen Captain, Francis Mkonda who controlled their midfield brilliantly.

Nomads’ defence looked jittery but Masters Security lacked the cutting edge to level the score.

The two teams went on recess with Wanderers preserving their narrow early lead.

Came first 15 minutes of the second half, Masters outclassed Wanderers and no wonder some changes were made for the Nomads.

Wanderers Coach, Bob Mpinganjira withdrew Joseph Kamwendo and Esau Kanyenda for Rafik Namwera and Zicco Mkanda who nearly scored soon after introduction but lacked the composure to hit the target.

Masters determination saw them dominating and they also introduced former Wanderers striker, Ishmael Thindwa.

With the help of hundreds of Ganyu fans who pushed them for an equalizer, Masters kept the Nomads on a tight rope.

Five minutes into full time, Babatunde placed the ball into the box where Wongani Kaipa and Peter Cholopi failed to clear their lines, before super substitute Phiri found an equalizer for the visitors and the game ended minutes later.

However, the Nomads have themselves to blame for failing to kill off the game early on when Masters looked vulnerable.

And so after the pulsating encounter, the officiating team presided over a lottery which ended in tragedy for Wanderers.

Masters received national recognition holding their nerve to put all their spot kicks past Wanderers keeper whilst Nomads skipper Manyozo Jnr. failed to rise to the occasion.

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