Unheralded Masters Security won Malawi's national league cup dubbed Carlsberg Cup, after stunning overwhelming favourites Be Forward Wanderers 5-4 on post-match penalties at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Saturday (20 October 2018).
It was their first silverware in Malawi's top-flight football for Masters whereas the defeat denied Wanderers a record equaling fourth league cup title. Nyasa Big Bullets, who Masters defeated 4-3 via post-match penalties in the semi-final, are record four-time winners of the cup that involves all league teams including from the lower league.
The two teams had shared the spoils 1-1 in regulation time at the rain-soaked stadium to pave the way for the penalties which saw Bester Phiri, ex-Wanderers' goalkeeper, save the decisive spot kick from Wanderers skipper Alfred Manyozo Junior.
Francis Mkonda, Juma Yatina, Babatunde Adebare, Elick Astigah, Richard Chande converted for Masters whereas Zicco Mkanda, Francis Mlimbika, Precious Sambani and Rafik Namwela scored from the spot for Wanderers before Manyozo spurned his effort.
In open play, overlapping international left-back Precious Sambani had ghosted in at the back-post to head Wanderers in front barely a minute into the game after connecting a cross from the right-wing.
But Masters seized control of the game with captain Juma Yatina and Nigerian striker Adebare giving the hosts all sorts of defensive problems.
Winger Isaac Kaliati, striker Esau Kanyenda and his second-half replacement Mkanda had the chances to increase the lead for Wanderers but they were guilty of wastefulness in front of goal, their cause not helped by sloppy midfield performance.
Little wonder, substitute left-winger Sammy Phiri, barely a minute after replacing Allion Tchepu, scored from a rebound after Wanderers goalkeeper Nenani Juwaya had stopped an initial shot at the near-post angle in the 86th minute.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football