Mighty Be Forward Wanderers has qualified to the Standard Bank Knockout Cup quarterfinals after it has narrowly beaten Mafco in a tough encounter at Civo Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
The game started on a high note as the Soldiers took a Lion’s share of the ball possession but couldn’t construct their passes creatively to find the back of the net. Zasha Mnong’oneza steered up Mafco supporters as he failed to score in a man to man situation with Wanderers goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa. Through Victor Nyirenda and Luke Bruno Milanzie, Wanderers missed some clear chances as their shots went an inch away from the goal post.
Both teams looked to be dangerous in the front of the goal but no one managed to break the deadlock in the first 45 minutes. The soldiers played one man down as Paul Ndlhovu was given match orders for fouling Be Forward’s goalie Richard Chipuwa before the teams went for a break.
Regardless of being one man down, the Soldiers were not brought down as they started the second half with total domination but there was no one to finish their neat passes. Eliya Kananji made some changes in the second half as Luke Milanzie was pulled out for Mapopa Kaunda, Bongani Kaipa went off for Enock Likoswe and Alfred Manyozo Junior came in for Kondwani Kumwenda, but nothing really changed and the teams were tied on 0 – 0 when the referee blew a final whistle.
It was time for post-match penalties to decide the winner of the game. Mafco scored 3 of the 5 penalties as Osward Mkagula saw his penalty saved by Richard Chipuwa while captaian Zasha Mnong’oneza’s shot went off goal. To the Nomads side, Rafik Mussa hit the post while the other four penalties were successfully converted into goals.
After the game, Team Manager for Mighty Be Forward Wanderers Chiyembekezo Zidana was a happy person and extolled his players for the victory. “Mafco is a good team and we knew that this would be a tough game but anyway, we thank God for giving the Victory to Wanderers family and the boys did a good job too”. Zidana Continued to say that it is the aim of Be Forward Wanderers to win the Standard Bank Knockout Cup as a gift to the people who voted for the team.
On the other side, Mafco coach accepted the defeat. “We accept the defeat. The red card has costed us a lot”, he said. The coach wished Wanderers good lucky. “It is over for us in Standard Bank Cup, we will now focus on league games mainly the first game against Bullets as we are going for a revenge”.
Zasha Mnong’oneza, who missed a decisive penalty when Mafco was playing Bullets in Carlsberg Cup Semi-finals on the same venue a fortnight ago, and also missed another crucial penalty today, apologised to Mafco supporters and assured them that the best is yet to come.
Mighty Be Forward Wanderers will face Soldiers from Zomba Red Lions in quarterfinals of 2015 Standard Bank Knockout Cup.