By Erik Chiputula
Mighty Beforward Wanderers and Blue Eagles have progressed to the finals of Bingu Ikhome Bonanza after their wins at Bingu National Stadium.
The Nomads were first to reach the finals after their 1-0 win over Silver Striker FC, courtesy of Felix Zulu’s late tap in.
The game started on a slow pace and was not entertaining as both sides were unable to register shots on target for the most part of the first half.
Be forward Wanderers started TNM Super League top goal scorers Babatunde Adepoju on the bench together with regulars Francis Mkonda and Francisco Madinga while Silver Strikers had their dangerman, Mike Tete on the bench.
In the second half both sides made changes, Wanderers introduced Babatunde Adepoju, Zicco Mkanda and Francisco Madinga for Misheck Bottoman, Mike Kaziputa and Peter Katsonga while Silver brought in Levison Maganizo who replaced Mphatso Phillimon.
These changes raised the temple of the game as both sides started to make some serious attacks but it was Beforward Wanderers who got benefit from their substitutions as Felix Zulu finished from the close range to send his team to the finals.
After the match coach for Mighty Wanderers Oscar Kaunda admitted that the game was very tough “it was a a tough game but am happy that at the end we found much needed goal that send us into the final
Later on the day, Blue Eagles FC beat ten man Nyasa Big Bullets FC to become second team to reach the finals.
In the first half Blue Eagles had a slight edge over Bullets interms of possession but were unable to register a shot on target while Bullets had two on target out of four attempts.
Deep inside second half, Schumacher Kuwala scored the lone goal for Eagles after a blunder by Sankhani Mkandawire. Kuwali robbed the ball from Mkandawire and run from the center into the box where he tricked Owen Chaima in goals before sending the ball into the an empty net.
Few minutes later, Nyasa Big Bullets were reduced to ten men. Pilirani Zonda received a straight red card after a bad challenge on Vitumbiko Kumwenda.
The red card energized the people’s team, they started to push for an equalizer but it was too late as the Eagles were tight at the back up to the end.
After the match coach for Blue Eagles Declerke Nsakakuona was delighted with the result “am happy with our hard fought victory, we missed more chances and they also missed theirs but at the end we are victors”
Peter Mponda for Nyasa Big Bullets said it wasn’t their day. “It wasn’t our day, we created chances and squandered at the end we have suffered a painful defeat. The game was very important to some players who are not regulars this season to show their capabilities”