They are called cup specialists but this year Be Forward Wanderers have failed to defend two cup competitions.
Their latest defeat to Moyale Barracks in the Fisd Cup on Tuesday means the Nomads have failed to defend another cup just months after losing their Carlsberg Cup title to rivals Nyasa Big Bullets at Bingu National Stadium.
Earlier this season, their General Secretary Mike Butao told the local media that his side will target winning TNM Super League than cup competitions following demands from their sponsors to end their league drought which has now lasted for more than 11 years.
“We are tired of winning cup competitions, we want the league this season and we will do whatever it takes to end our Super League drought because we have also been told by our sponsors to bring the championship home so we are no longer focusing much on cup competitions because we have just had enough of these other competitions,” he said.
Now with the latest defeat, are the Nomads really targeting the championship? Are they good enough to end their Super League drought?
Consistency will be key if Wanderers are able to grab the championship.
With 10 games out of the way, the Nomads sit proudly – and deservedly – atop the table, five points ahead of second placed Silver Strikers and six ahead of rivals Bullets.
With any possibility of winning any cup competition gone, the only realistic chance of winning any silverware is the TNM Super League.
However, pressure will mount on the league leaders who will play Premier Bet Wizards on Saturday before travelling to the North next week.
Any mistake will see their fellow title contenders closing in on them.