Having endured a torrid TNM Super League first round, Civil Service United (Civo) gave their fans something to smile about as they won the K3.5 million Intercity Charity Football Trophy after defeating Blue Eagles 12-11 in post-match penalties during the final match of the two-day tournament held at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
The two sides played a one-all draw in regulation time after Wister Phiri had cancelled out Civo’s early lead with a well taken strike from the spot. Fifa referee Patrick Ngoleka awarded the penalty following a handball by Wyson Nkhana.
Civo had taken the lead just two minutes into the game- courtesy of a Raphael Phiri header of a Dan Msimuko corner kick.
The second half produced no scores and the game went straight into the shoot-outs. It took a total of 26 spot kicks for the two sides to be separated with Civo defender John ‘Kintu’ Lanjesi scoring the winning penalty after his goalkeeper Innocent Phiri had saved Osward Maonga’s penalty deep into the sudden-death period.
The first set of five spot kicks for each side could not separate the two teams as both of them missed their last kicks of the first set. All the remaining players from either side including the two goalkeepers converted their penalties, resulting in the earlier penalty takers to be summoned again. Eagles’ Tsanzo Dalio and Civo’s Richard Chande scored for the second time but Osward Maonga had his second kick saved by Innocent Phiri.
Lanjesi, also coming for the second time made no mistake to hand his side the much needed victory.
For winning the cup, Civo received a trophy and K2 million with the runners-up Blue Eagles pocketing K750,000.
Big Bullets, who beat Silver Strikers by a Jelesi Lufeyo lone strike from a free kick in the third-place play-off walked home K500,000 richer while the Bankers got K250,000.