Lilongwe based Police outfit Blue Eagles and Blantyre based side Escom United are through to the finals of the 2012 K20 million Carlsberg Cup.
Blue Eagles beat the only lower league side which advanced to the semi’s Envirom FC 2-0 at the Silver Stadium on Saturday.
Envirom FC are the current league leaders of the Professor Peter Mutharika Southern Region Footbal League.
The Cops started on a bad note when they had their deadly striker Charles Ngosi stretched off in the first minute after he collided with an Envirom defender and was replaced by Elia Kabingu.
Blue Eagles opened the score sheet as early as three minutes through Mecium Mhone who cruised past a forest of Envirom defenders after receiving a nice pass from Ackim Kazombo before producing a rocket like shot which hit the upright before kissing the back of the net beating inform goalkeeper Blessings Kameza.
Kameza later served his team from further early embarracement after putting up some good serves from fierce strikes from Japhet Mambelela, Innocent Bokosi and Daniel Phiri.
Despite the loss, Envirom keeper’s excellent perfomance earned him man of the match award.
Envirom who were looking confident before kickoff struggled to settle down in the entire first half after being devastated with the early goal by the Eagles.
In the 30th minute, Envirom was let down by referee Dennis Ngulube who denied them a penalty after Eagles sweeper Pempho Kamsichiri clearly handled the ball in the penalty box. They protested but Ngulube waved play on.
After recess, Envirom looked a rejuvinated side as the players were able to knock the ball around.
Eagles were totally out played in all departments particularly in the central midfield manned by Phillip Masiye and Patrick Masinjala.
Envirom continued to pile pressure throughout the second half.
It was always danger for Eagles whenever they concedes a throw in inside their own half as Envirom had an expert long throw in taker in the name of Asime Jere who reminded the fans of former MDC United and Flames international defender Clement Kafwafwa who now plays in Denmark.
The visiting Envirom managed to create some chances but lacked composure witnessed by wastage of chances by Taonga Munthali upfront.
Sensing some danger, Blue Eagles technical pannel made a substitution bringing in veteran midfielder Peter Mgangira and Kenneth Mponda for both defending and attacking purposes.
They all did well but it was Mgangira who stealed the show in setting up Innocent Bokosi to net the second goal of the game in the extra time of the game.
Envirom FC coach Paul Kachingwe said: “I dont have much to say; we have lost and that’s that”.
Commenting on officiation, Kachingwe said “the officiation was good”.
His opposite number, De Clerk Msakakuona, who jumped like a newly born lamb after the final whistle in celebrations aid: “I am so delighted that we are finnally into the finals of the Carlsberg and i thank the boys for the job well done.”
He added: “We managed to win because we scored earlier. The goal gave us enough time to monitor them since they are a new side to us.”
He further said the team will continue with normal preparations and win the cup as a gift to the new Malawi Police Inspector General Lot Dzonzi.
Kabwafu, Escom game
As Blue Eagles were booking themselves a ticket into the finals of the Carlsberg Cup at Silver Stadium, in Mzuzu Escom United who are struggling in the league were a better side beating fellow strugglers Kabwafu FC to sail through to the finals.
Flames and former South African based side Orlando Pirates star Chiukepo Msowoya was in top form putting his side ahead when he stretched himself to head in a Bernard Harawa cross in the 27th minute.
Noel Mkandawire netted the second goal blasting into the net beating Kabwafu keeper formerly of Blue Eagles, Mighty Wanderers and Eagle Strikers Charles “Chenga” Sikwewa.
The finals of the 2012 Carlsberg Malawi Cup involving Escom United and Blue Eagler will be played in two weeks time.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :