Mighty Be Forward Wanderers have become the most successful club in the Carlsberg Cup competition after beating Silver Strikers 5-4 on penalties to lift the cup for the third time.
Matthews Sibale missed the decisive penalty during the shootout after regulation time ended 1-all to send the Nomads fans into massive celebrations as their club defended the cup which they also won lost season.
The Bankers, who were playing in the Cup’s final for the first time in history, took the lead just after five minutes through Victor Limbani who made a simple finish from a Duncan Nyoni’s cross, 1-0.
The Bankers were the better side as they pressurized the hosts in search for the second goal but Sibale was wasteful in front of goals.
However, against the run of play, Wanderers hit back.
The visitors’ failure to deal with aerial balls once again proved too costly as Nomads defender Harry Nyirenda headed past Brighton Munthali from a Francis Mulimbika’s cross, 1-1.
Moments later, Peter Wadabwa almost put the hosts into the lead when he was set through by Alfred Manyozo Jnr only to see his effort going agonizingly wide and it was 1-1 at half time.
Come second half, the match had to stop for some few minutes when match referee Dennis Ngulube paved way for Azizi Nyirenda after experiencing heart problems just seven minutes into the half.
The Nomads then introduced Joseph Kamwendo for ineffective Jafali Chande who was playing behind Wadabwa and Jimmy Zakazaka.
After the change, the Lali Lubani boys attacked in all angles in search for the much needed winning goal but they only managed three shots off target.
At the other end, Nyoni, who was named man of the match following his brilliant display on the day, released Limbani to the left flank of the field but the former Big Bullets and Blantyre United midfielder sent his shot straight at Chipuwa.
Both teams then made changes, Blessings Tembo and Binwell Katinji came in for Thuso Paipi and Limbani while Ishmael Thindwa and Ernest Tambe came in for Manyozo and Zakazaka.
With less than 15 minutes to play on the clock, Thindwa almost won it for the hosts as his header was well saved by Munthali who produced a double save to deny Mlimbika from scoring from the rebound.
Foster Namwera had his moment of madness when he lost possession of the ball to handle Limbani who could only shoot straight at Chipuwa.
Both sides had chances to snatch the victory but it ultimately came down to spot kicks with Chipuwa making a fantastic penalty save to win it for the Nomads who have successfully defended the cup.
The Nomads walked away with a trophy plus K12 million in prize money.