Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE--Silver Strikers sailed through to the K20 million Standard Bank Cup final after whipping city rivals Civo United 4-1 at Silver stadium Sunday.
Likewise, Mighty Wanderers also known as the Nomads, booted out their Blantyre rivals the people’s team, Big Bullets 4-2 after penalty shoot-outs at the same venue Saturday.
This was the third game for Franco Ndawa as coach for the bankers and has registered straight wins. Mighty Wanderers fired Ndawa after serving the team for at least four years.
The final of the Standard Bank Cup will be played this coming Saturday at the banker’s backyard, and fans should expect exciting match considering that both teams are in top form.
Likely, Ndawa is also itching to prove the nomads wrong and pay for “constructively terminating” his contract on grounds of poor performance.
Backed by home ground advantage, Silver are emerging as the favorites and their scoring prowess can probably attest to this. It is the team that has scored more goals than any other team both in the TNM Super League and the Standard Bank Cup tournament.
Their 4-1 demolition of Civo United also shows the potential of the bankers, who have the buffer of talented and experienced players such as Rodrick Gonani, Ndaziona Chatsalira, Frank Banda, Harvey Mkacha, Peter Pindani, Davie Moya and Green Harawa.
On the other hand, Wanderers is equally a good side with the likes of man of the moment Joseph Kamwendo, Gerald Phiri Jr, Victor Mpinganjira, Nafe Msasa, Foster Namwela, Cuthbert Sineta, Diverson Chilemba and goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa have the energy to clobber the bankers, come Saturday.
The nomads showed their capability when they defeated one of the TNM Super League giants Escom United.
Meanwhile, the Big Bullets have saluted their rivals Wanderers for winning in Saturday’s K20 million Standard Bank Cup knock-out semi-finals.
The nomads came from behind to hold Bullets one-all after the regulation time and went ahead to win the 4-3 after penalty shoot-outs.
However, Bullets General Secretary Heager Mkandawire said Wanderers should tread carefully if they are to win the silver ware. “We congratulate Wanderers for winning the game but they should not get carried away because they have not won the cup. There is still one more uphill task,” said Mkandawire.