Mighty Be Forward Wanderers’ pedigree as inaugural cup winning specialists was brought to an end after Silver Strikers triumph in the Airtel Top 8 final played at Bingu National Stadium on June 3.
Silver were a better side as they dominated the match in open play with Thuso Paipi being a thorn in the Nomads territory.
It was not surprising that Paipi his efforts earned a K50,000 man of the match award. After an epic end to end action both teams failed to get the better of the other as Silver wasted more golden chance than their opponents.
Referee Aziz Nyirenda, who handled the game with authority and professionalism, called the match into penalties.
It was another tense moment as the atmosphere was electric with the patrons expecting to witness history be made. One by one the players held their nerves to score from the dreaded sport.
Even goalkeeper Blessings Kameza, who was specifically called to duty by substituting Brighton Munthali could not help.
However Silver benefited from former South Africa based professional Harry Nyirenda who missed the decider after Paipi had scored sending the stadium into a thunderous uproar.
Silver fans, who painted the stadium with their trademark skybluecolours, were joined by well wishers for stopping the Nomads in their tracks from maintaining their legacy as new cup winning specialists.
And they did it in style as Paipi capped a brilliant performance with Man of the match accolade while goalkeeper Brighton Munthali got the player of the tournament award complete with K500,000 prize money.
It was a moment of joy who for coachLovemoreFazili who had endured a trophyless campaign last season.
“I am extremely happy to win the cup. We have defied all odds. With a youthful squad very few people gave us a chance. We have been building a team and finally we are getting things right,” Fazili said.
Wanderers veteran coach Yasin Osman saluted Silver for a spirited performance. “Penalties are always a lottery. We did everything to win but luck was not on our side. It was not our day congratulations to Silver,” Osman said.
Silver overcame Bullets 1-0 in the first leg and a goalless draw in the second leg and beat Kamuzu Barracks 5-3 on post match penalties in the semifinals on the way to win the coveted cup.