KB dumps Moyale out of Malawi Standard Bank Cup

Kamuzu Barracks FC, popularly known as KB on Sunday, October 20, 2013 moved forward in the ongoing Standard Bank Cup after dismissing fellow soldiers Moyale Barracks 1-0 in a tough quarterfinal match played at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

The victory means KB will face defending champions Mighty Wanderers in the semi finals following the Nomads’ 2-0 routing of Red Lions from the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) first battalion.

Striker Kelvin Hanganda was responsible for the Kaning’ina Lions’ downfall as he struck just 10 minutes into the game after a Moyale defender had failed to clear a dangerous cross from Steve Unyolo.

Gastin Simkonda had a chance to level the scores on 29 minutes but he blasted the ball over the cross bar with KB goalkeeper Lehman Nthala in no man’s land.

KB celebrate after the whistle, Pi Leonard Sharra, Nyasa Times

KB celebrate after the whistle, Pi Leonard Sharra, Nyasa Times

Scorer Hanganda was stretchered off-the field of play after the half hour after picking a knee injury. He was replaced by experienced Joel Chipofya.

The Lions of Kanning’ina had a penalty appeal quashed by Blantyre based referee Anthony Raphael towards the break when Nthala pushed on-rushing Crispin Fukizi inside the box. Having noticed the ball was going into touch, the referee awarded KB a goal-kick.

Angered by the referee’s decision, some Moyale players and officials charged at the match officials during half-time but were restrained from harming the officials by police and game stalwarts.

Upon resumption, Moyale coach Nicholas Mhango made a double substitution, bringing in Dan Katunga and Robert Simkonda for Steve Mkandawire and Lameck Thindwa.

The moved seemed to have paid off in the dying moments when Katunga connected in a cross from the left only to have his goal ruled out for off-side.

Moyale coach Nicholas Mhango had no kind words for the officiating crew after the game, accusing the officials of taking bribes from KB.

“We have lost to the referees and not KB. We were denied a clear penalty in the first half and a clear goal in the second half and I have information that the referee pocketed money from KB,” claimed Mhango.

But his counterpart Billy Phambala had a different view: “When you lose, it is good just to accept defeat other than looking for scapegoats. It was a tough game for both teams but we had an early goal which made our friends play under pressure up to the final whistle. We will now go back and make a plan for Wanderers in the semi finals,” said Phambala.

Scorer Kelvin Hanganda is stretchered off-the field after picking a knee injury, Pic Leonard Sharra, Nyasa Times

Scorer Kelvin Hanganda is stretchered off-the field after picking a knee injury, Pic Leonard Sharra, Nyasa Times

Winners pose, KB pose for Nyasa Times after the game, Pic Leonard Sharra, Nyasa Times

Winners pose, KB pose for Nyasa Times after the game, Pic Leonard Sharra, Nyasa Times

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