Its Carlsberg cheers for KB: Reaches quarter finals after beating Ndirande Icons

Kamuzu Barracks (KB) on Friday beat Ndirande Icons 4-1 to reach the quarter finals of the Carlsberg Cup   Knockout in a match played at Kamuzu Stadium.

Fighting for the ball ...Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
Fighting for the ball …Photo Jeromy Kadewere.


KB will face the winner between Red Lions and Moyale Barracks.

After Icons showed another soldiers out-fit, Airborne an exit-door in the preliminaries, Kamuzu Barracks were on a revenge mission on behalf of their fellow soldiers.

The soldiers went into the match favourites but Icons matched them in the first 20th minute.

The underdogs took an early lead through Nkhoma Lanjesi, who beautifully connected a well curved flick on the ball but the soldiers cancelled out the lead in the 30th minute through Manase Chiyesa, who scored from goal mouth scramble after Icons defenders failed to deal with Ben Hojani’s long flow in.

Ndirande Icons relaxed towards the end of the first half resulting in a second goal for the visitors through Ben Hojani.

On recess time, the soldiers were leading 2-1.

Come second half, Ndirande Icons tried to search for an equalizer, but their striking force was blunt.

The soldiers were at it again when Pilirani Makupe’s powerful header was too hot for Icons keeper to handle.

Ndirande Icons player’s body language could be seen that they gave up on winning the match, as they resorted in aerial balls without any purpose.

It was Manase Chiyesa again, who nailed the last nail on the Ndirande Township based out-fit coffin to make it 4-1.

Kamuzu Barracks coach Kenwood Nkhoma was over the moon saying God had done it for them.

“Thank God. It was a difficult match but we are glad that we are in the quarter finals,” said Nkhoma.

His Ndirande Icons counterpart, Fletcher Chirwa admitted defeat saying luck was not on their side.

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