Hangover hang Nomads

Be Forward Wanderers FC, Hangover

The 2019 FISD Challenge Cup is now free for everyone after defending champions Be Forward Wanderers were dumped out by a Southern Region Football League side Hangover United 2-1 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Friday.

Hangover became the first team to qualify to the semifinals of the competition.

The Manase township-based side gave no chance to Wanderers despite playing away from home.

Vincent Nyangulu who just recovered from an injury set the ball rolling by scoring a fast one two minutes after the first whistle, but little did he know that Brighton Gomani would retaliate to level in the 12th minute and double at 58 minutes.

Two things were interesting in the match, first Hangover coach Macdonald Yobe is Wanderers’ former star and secondly the team's  striker Wisdom Mpinganjira who is son to Bob Mpinganjira, Nomads coach.

Wisdom was also named man of the match after the game.

Bob started a good squad with Nenani Juwaya manning the goals, while experienced Stanley Sanudi, Harry Nyirenda, Francis Mlimbika and new signing Eirc Atsigah were tasked to play in defense.

Captain Alfred Manyozo junior, Isaac Kaliyati, Francis Mkonda and Nyangulu engineered the centre while Mike Kaziputa and Misheck Botomani had a barren day at the front.

Yobe’s strikers, Gomani and Dan Matchipisa had a fruitful day as they played alongside Wisdom who ganged up with Rodrick Khwiliro, Innocent Indwa and Emmanuel Lino to destabilise the Nomads at the centre.

Brighton Gomani
Hangover hero, Gomani the two-time scorer- photos courtesy of social media

Wanderers strikers despite pushing hard, had a tough task at the back to break the Frank Nedi-led defence which had Asumana Julius, Akanakimana Willy and Wisdom Mizeye.

Other quarterfinalists are set to know their fate on Saturday when Nyasa Big Bullets will be hosted by Silver Strikers in another cracker.

Chitipa United have a big task on Saturday against Kamuzu Barracks at Mzuzu Stadium while on Sunday it is Blue Eagles facing Moyale Barracks at Civo Stadium.

As it stands, Wanderers have parted ways with their dream of laying their hands on the K20 million championship prize which has been adjusted upwards by the sponsors.

K7.5 million awaits the runner-up.