After registering back to back defeats in Malawi top flight league Mighty Wanderers turned the tables around to beat Red Lions 1-nil in the quarter final of the 2015 Standard Bank Knockout Cup at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Luka Milanzi scored early in the first half to send the Nomads into the semi finals of the cup. Both teams had a weekend to forget in the league last week when the Soldiers lost 4-2 to Big Bullets, with Wanderers losing 1-nil to Kamuzu Barracks.
The hosts were the first to attack as Innocent Bokosi and Ndaona Limbani wasted two clear cut chances in the opening five minutes of the match.
However, Wanderers took the lead in unbelievable circumstances through Milanzi who volleyed past Jacob Kaunda from a Malumbo Gondwe pass, 1-0.
This goal demoralized the Soldiers who completely lost their touch as they opted for long and aerial balls in search for the equalizer.
Nomads’s Ibrahim Sadick released Muhammad Sulumba to the right flank of the Southern goal post but the Jomo Cosmos man failed to connect well from the close range.
Red Lions were below par as their striking force was kept at bay by Kondwani Lufeyo, Peter Nselema, Stainley Sanudi and Ted Sumani.
Clever Kaipa was substituted just before the interval for Moses Nankumba but the Nomads held on for a half time lead.
Come second half, it was not different from how the Soldier approached the first half.
Chikoti Chirwa was substituted for Stainley Duwe after sustaining a head injury but the Nomads were in control of the midfield to deny the Soldiers from finding their rhythm.
Limbani collected a wonderful cross-field pass and cut into the area from the wing, before being brought down by a desperate challenge from Lufeyo.
Victor Nyirenda and Alfred Manyozo Jnr were all introduced for the Nomads who seem to be satisfied with their narrow lead.
Midway through the half, Wanderers almost won a penalty when Mphatso Ngwira deliberately handled the ball inside the penalty box but referee Aziz Nyirenda waved play on to leave the home fans in total disbelief.
Few minutes later, Isaac Kaliyati was fouled in the penalty box but again Nyirenda turned the appeal down.
At the other end, Bokosi managed to beat Chipuwa but not the post and after 90 minutes of play, it ended 1-nil in favor of the Nomads who will now play Blue Eagles in the semi finals of the cup.
Speaking after the final whistle, Wanderers mentor Eliya Kananji hailed his boys for the victory whilst his opposite number Collins Nkuna conceided defeat and congratulated the Nomads for edging past his side.
The final quarter final fixture will be played at Civo Service on Sunday afternoon between Moyale Barracks and Big Bullets FC.