Kangunje kills Goliath: Civo end Nomads cup success

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Civo Service United were on Sunday afternoon crowned Malawi Standard Bank Knockout Cup champions when they beat cup specialists Mighty Wanderers 1-0 at Civo Stadium.Having failed to win in 2009 and 2010, the civil servants made no mistake this time around as they put the Nomads to the sword with some few minutes to play.

The goal came late in the second-half through a Nelson Kangunje tap in from a well taken free kick to hand the Nomads their first cup final defeat in seven outings.

The Nomads started the first half in fine fashion after Isaac Kaliyati’s pin point ball deliveries put the servants on the back foot immediately.

Civo United

Civo beat the Nomads

Kaliyati was at it again, crossing the ball from the right flank of the field only to see Jabulani Linje missing the goal mouth with an inch.

Civo’s defense was under siege as Linje, Kaliyati, Muhamad Sulumba and Kondwani Kumwenda pressed harder in search for their opener. It took more than 15 minutes for the hosts to have their first shot at Nomads goal which was well saved by Richard Chipuwa.

Raphael Phiri combined well with Dan Nsimuko but the latter fired wide from the close range. Minutes later, Sulumba almost gave his team a lead but he was denied by the first assistant referee who raised his flag for offside.

The Nomads had several chances through free kicks but Kaliyati twice fired straight at Duncan Mkandawire in goals for the servants.

Civo’s defense, which was being led by Emmanuel Zoya, John Lanjesi, Wyson Nkhana and Blessing Kawanga slowly settled down as the Nomads were now finding it difficult to penetrate as it was the case in the opening minutes no wonder the first half ended goalless.

After recess, Linje once again threatened Civo’s defense following a cross from Stanley Sanudi but the forward’s header was brilliantly cleared on the line by Zoya.

The hosts were panicking as the Nomads launched a hurricane counter attacking football but their front line lacked the cutting edge in the final phase of the match.

Victor Nyirenda was then introduced to try and score the much needed goal but once again, the servant’s defense was absolutely fantastic and difficult to crack down.

Nomads vs Azam Tigers

Nomads beaten. (File)

At the other end, Kangunje released Isaac Msiska to the right flank of the field but the winger misplaced the pass when he was about to pull the trigger.

The Nomads were unlucky to find the winning goal as Nyirenda’s thumping header was again cleared on the line by Zoya.

The Nomads tried to find their feet throughout the rest of the encounter but the servant’s defense proved too difficult to unlock.

With five minutes to go, everybody in the stadium thought the game was heading towards penalties but Kangunje had other plans for the Lali Lubani boys as his tap in was enough to beat Chipuwa into the bottom corner, 1-0.

The goal brought joy to the servants but the Nomads fans were in total disbelief and when referee Mabvuto Msimuko blew his final whistle, the servants carried the day in style.

Speaking to the media, Civo coach Oscar Kaunda thanked heavens for the victory whilst his opposite number Eliya Kananji conceided defeat and congratulated the servants for winning the cup.

The defeat is the first for the Nomads in seven cup finals.

On the other part, Civo’s victory is the first having failed to win the cup in two attempts. The servants were given a trophy and a cheque worthy K10 million.

Before the match, Wanderers were targeting another cup success, having won the 2015 Carlsberg Cup at the same venue after beating sworn rivals Big Bullets 2-1.

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82 Comments

  1. Pachiyambi ndimafuna kufusira Noma koma koma Anthu anandiuza kuti Noma kutinyinsa Amatinyinsa ndi Ana womwe zakuonekelani pa cilvo Inali Sanday pa 1Nov pomwe Noma yaoon Zakunda

  2. Boma likuyebera kuchita machawi kwadza nthenda yoopsa ikutha anthu. Nthendayi ikutchedwa Kangunje Deficiency Syndrome dzulo yapha Nyerere kachikenanso after killing them mu league. Chonde government do something pliz.

    Big up Civo… cup specialists?? ayi ukunama neba, not with Civo. Here is a calculator for you to solve.

  3. iwe andrew cane chilapondwa, anakuuza ndani kuti Noma pamaso pa CIVO ndi goliati?? mu league anagudumula cup-yi asadabula…mind u its only BULETS who z goliath here in malawi

  4. kuli nyee kuli nyee imba tione nyeragudu ngatiwe.pachiyawo amat mapipi tamakan koma sitichedwa kufa makamaka ukaxithira jaffalie chande or kangunje kkk wanyera gede pesepese

  5. KOMA NEBA TAWONA…LEAGUE TIKUKUTAYA NDI 20PTS…KKKKKKK…MANYAZI ULIBE…SUMATHA MPIRA…MPIRA NDIPA GROUND….OSATI PAKAMWA…MESA MUMATI PA KAMUZU STADIUM TINAKWIMILA NANGA PA CIVO?…..KKKKK MUTU NEBA WAYIMA…SUKUGWIRA…MUKABWENZE ZAKWA AYAYA KWA PHALULA…KKKKK

  6. IFE TIMADZIWA NGATI CIVO YANAMENYA BULLETS KULI BWANJI ANA AWA MUMATI KAYA NYERERE KAYA…? A NOMA MATAMA…MUPANGA HIRE AXA CHIKHO MUSANATENGE BWANJI??? ANZANU ATENGA CUP INU MUBWERAKO KU LILONGWE NDI SPOON….KKKKKKK

  7. Mvula Ya Dzulo Nyerere Zinanyowa Komanso Escom Chipongwe Magetsi Ngwe Tsiku Lonse Osagonatu Ife Ko Chigoneka. Chokani Inu A Civo 1-0 Mulibe Ulemu Thkanena Ko A Bwande Kuti Aaah Malodza

  8. I don’t understand,what do u mean by Goliath?You mean with only one trophy then bebackwards are cup specialist. Don’t rush when coming up with the heading.A game of football is won after 90 minutes.U spoke a lot underating Civo and now you r paid for that.With this painful baptism ,u can now go a head with your trip to Japan as you tearfully nurse ur wounds.If you cheated those Japanese car vendors that u r the best in Malawi then you are finally exposed.I salute Civo !!!

  9. watch this video as a little boy killed a big snake goliath wanderers at civo Indian stadium. .kkkkkk sona ati venze bwanji kuti aka kamfana kapaye iyi njoka, ,, imwe ba nwes 24 tiuzgeni za zoona napapata.

  10. Anyelele koma zikho zamowamowa eeh nde mumatenga, anthu muku user bank khonde nde mungatenge standard bank cup? Olo ATM mumaidziwa agalu inu?

    • Mvula dzana Kubalalitsa Nyerere Koanso A Escom Chipongxe Magetsi Ngwe Tsiku Lonse Atapangana Ndi Civo Hmmm Chokani Onzawo O Bwande Inu 0-1 ai Anatigoneka Ko Chigoneka Titanyowa Zedi Aah Civooo