Hangover United have sailed through to the FISD Challenge Cup quarter finals after beating Mighty Tigers 3-2 at Mpira Stadium through post match penalties after a goalless draw in the regulation time.
It was a balanced affair in the first half which had no scoring clear chances compared to the second half where striker Emmanuel Lino and versatile winger
Wisdom Mpinganjira missed two one-on-one opportunities.
Tigers front line which had a combination of Tony Mbulu and Chikayiko Batson was no where to be seen as they were kept tight in the arms of Frank Nedi, Asumani Julius and Wisdom Mizeye.
The 2018 Carlsberg Cup semi finalist’s converted their three penalties through Njeka Dyton, Frank Nedi and Brighton Gomani while Akanakimana Willy and Robert Khwiliro’s penalties were saved by Tigers goalkeeper Christopher Mikuwa.
Tigers scored through Bonda Mpinganjira and Edwin Carlos as Emmanuel Nyirenda, Frank Chikufenji and Blessings Phiri their penalties went straight into the hands of Hangover goalie Rahaman Julius who was in top form.
Hangover United coach MacDonald Yobe thanked his boys for the win.
“It was a tough cracker and anything could’ve happened to us being a premier division side which has a lot of young players but I just congratulate the team for this win. We had a number of weaknesses but we’ll try to fix them once we go back to our training ground so that we can do better in the quarters finals,” said Yobe.
His counterpart Gerald Phiri conceded defeat and he quickly pointed out that they lost the match in the first half where they failed to produce any shot on target despite having few
“I must accept that we had a bad day in the office. I can’t blame any player for this loss because penalties are always difficult and unpredictable. Yes, we are out of FISD Cup but we’ll now turn our focus to the league as we wait for the same competition nextyear,” said Phiri .
Meanwhile, Savenda Chitipa United have also booked their quarter final place after showing Civil Sporting Club an early exit door with a 4- 3 win from penalties after the two teams made a one-all-draw in the regulation.
Hangover United is expected to face FISD Cup holders Be Forward Wanderers in the quarter finals.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :