Zomba United storm into semi-finals of Malawi Carlsberg Cup

Zomba United FC enhanced their chances of advancing further in the Carlsberg Cup with a 2-1 victory over Support Battalion in the quarterfinal match played at Zomba Community Centre ground on Friday.

Scorer of United first goal Precious Msosa in possession of the ball.

Scorer of United first goal Precious Msosa in possession of the ball.

Gobede (left) issues instructions to his players after the second goal.

Gobede (left) issues instructions to his players after the second goal.

Support Battalion players (in green) trying to lift Luhanga on the ground.

Support Battalion players (in green) trying to lift Luhanga on the ground.

Both teams were fresh from their last week victories over Super League clubs. Zomba United booted out Blue Eagles 3-1 whereas Support Battalion were 4-3 winners over Moyale Barracks.

A highly confident United coach Noel Gobede said his side wants to claim a historic success by winning the Carlsberg Cup this year.

This was evidenced in the fourth minute when his side made intentions clear with an early goal.

Gangling young forward Precious Msosa received a pass from Patrick Luhanga and sold a dummy to his marker before slotting the ball past the advancing Support battalion goalkeeper Ropium Kamulete for the first goal.

However, the lead was short-lived as the Central Region soldiers leveled matters with a fine finish from striker Panji Botha. The goal invigorated the visitors as they dominated the proceedings in the midfield.

The soldiers could have increased the lead a few minutes later but Amos Khamula was unfortunate to see his shot hit the crossbar and ricocheted into touch for a goal kick.

Thereafter, things turned into the home side’s favour when they restored the lead through Sunganani Samu in the 40th minute.

He received the ball inside the goal area and put it down with his chest before placing the ball on the far left of Kamulete for the second goal. Half-time score was 2-1 in favour of Zomba United.

Nonetheless, the second half produced no goals except for the dying minutes when Luhanga was injured; a development the soldiers claimed was time-wasting. They lifted him in an attempt to take him out of the field. The game was stopped for five minutes as players and officials from both sides argued against the incident.

Mzuzu-based referee George Aziz Nyirenda flashed red cards to Luhanga for Zomba United and Kamulete for Support Battalion respectively as a result of the incident.

Support Battalion coach Alick Chirwa attributed the loss what he described as poor officiation whereas his counterpart Noel Gobede praised God for the win.

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