lantyre United FC have set themselves a grudge Carlsberg Cup semi final home tie against ruthless soldiers Kamuzu Barracks after edging Mponela United 1-0 in a quarterfinal match played Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe.
It took the visiting Mphembedzu from Blantyre just four minutes to find what turned out to be the winning goal as winger Abraham Kamwendo, brother to Flames’ midfielder Joseph Kamwendo scored straight from a free kick taken almost 40m out.
Mponela nearly pulled level on the quarter hour but Gerald Mwansa’s goal bound shot was cleared on the line by a Blantyre United defender.
On resumption, Blantyre United coach Elia Kananji replaced goalkeeper Carlington Misomali, who was spilling a lot of balls for Peter Munthali.
He also brought in new catch Nafe Msasa, formerly of Mighty Wanderers for Yamikani Tambala before introducing another former Nomad Anthony Banda.
Commenting after the game, Kananji said he told his boys to defend the lone goal if they could not get another one.
“In a cup game, one goal can be enough and I told the boys to make sure we do not concede if we could not get another goal. I salute Mponela for giving us a good game. They are a very good side and I never knew they have improved like this,” said Kananji.
Talking of the semi final clash against high riding Kamuzu Barracks, Kananji said: “It will be a grudge match because they defeated us 2-1 at home in the league and we would want to take revenge.”Kananji.
Mponela coach Benjamin Kumwenda had no kind words for Lilongwe based referee Arnold Maseko for the early free kick awarded to Blantyre United.
“The free kick, which resulted into Blantyre United’s goal was supposed to be awarded to us but the referee did the opposite and we were punished. I don’t know why Lilongwe referees always hate our team,” lamented Kumwenda.
The last semi final slot is expected to be sealed Friday as Evirom hosts Red Lions in the last quarterfinal match.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :