…as Nomads play three games in 96 hours…
A first half brace from Timothy Nyirenda inspired Moyale Barracks to a comfortable 2-nil victory over Fisd Cup defending champions Be Forward Wanderers at Mzuzu Stadium to progress into the next round of the competition.
The two teams were meeting for the fourth time in all competitions this season, with Wanderers going into the match with heads held high having won all the three matches.
However, fatigue took its toll on Wanderers as they were playing their third game within four days, handing the home team a massive advantage to outplay their opponents in the entire 90 minutes of the match.
It only took less than 15 minutes for the Soldiers to take the lead when a cross from the right flank of the field was connected well by Nyirenda to beat Richard Chipuwa in goals for the visitors.
Moments later, Khuda Muyaba tried his luck from long range, but saw his effort superbly cleared away by Nomads defence as the home side was coming wave after wave.
At the other end of the field, Isaac Kaliyati combined well with Joseph Kamwendo to release Esau Kanyenda but the former Dwangwa United and Rostov FC forward was tightly marked by Boy Boy Chima who was very solid at the back.
With less than 8 minutes to play, the hosts doubled their lead from the spot.
There was a commotion inside Wanderers’ penalty box, forcing Kondwani Lufeyo to handle the ball for the referee of the day to award the home side a penalty which was successfully converted by Nyirenda, 2-nil.
Come second half, it was a fast start to the hosts as they continued from where they stopped but Nomads defence got organized to prevent collateral damage as they hoped for a stunning comeback similar to the one they produced against the Soldiers in the Airtel Top 8 Cup earlier this year.
Moyale Barracks came close again 10 minutes into the half through Muyaba whose header was well saved by Chipuwa, who was the busiest goalie of the day.
Kamwendo’s effort from just outside the penalty box missed the goal line with an inch before another miss from Harry Nyirenda who was found unmarked in the box only to drive his header over the bar.
Wanderers tried their level best to put the match on level but the hosts stood firm to send the defending champions out of the competition.
The result sees Wanderers failing to defend another cup just a month after losing to rivals Nyasa Big Bullets in the finals of the Carlsberg Cup.
As for Moyale Barracks, this was a sweet revenge after being knocked out of the Airtel Cup and Carlsberg Cup by the same team in succession.
The action continues on Wednesday with exciting fixtures in all the regions.