Kamuzu Barracks (KB) has booked a place in the 2017 FISD Challenge Cup round of 16 after beating Blantyre United 3 goals to nil on Wednesday at Chilomoni Stadium.
KB which is currently facing troubles in the TNM super league entered into the field with a mission to find their winning formula which is being missing in this season.
Lead by captain Lehmna Nthala KB relied on their experienced players such as Dave Banda, Harvey Nkacha, Diouf Simaone and Manase Chiumyesa.
In the other side Blantyre United had their hope in former Blue Eagles star Victor Nyirenda, Yamikani Tambala as well as Curthbert Kanyama Sineta who was playing his first game since he joined the team on loan from Nyasa Big Bullets.
KB players who were always first on the ball and used their usual physical play started by pressurising Blantyre United in their half.
It was in the 4 minutes where Pempho Kamsichili scored an opener through a 35 metre powerful shot .
Blantyre United came into the game from 20 minutes after sineta stablised the midfield and created alot of chances for Nyirenda and Tony Mbulu but KB defenders didn’t allowed the two strikers to shoot on the goal.
As time was going close to half time KB got a second goal in the 44minutes through Manase Chiyesa who scored an easy goal after United goalkeeper Christopher Mikuwa failed to punch a long ball.
KB made it possible to have a confortable win and recover from their 3 nil loss against Bullets last Sunday in TNM super league when they kept on playing attacking football.
Dave Banda’s corner kick in the 79 minutes found super substitute Kelvin Hanganda who headed the ball into the net to make it 3 nil.
KB vice coach Ted Kalinde praised his boys for winning the match which he said was crucial considering that they were meeting with a team which has a poor winning record.
“This win will bring back morale to the team as you know that we are not doing well in the league and the only cup which we can rely so far is FISD so to us its good start,” said Kalinde.
United coach McDonald Mtetemera accepted the defeat which he said was a result of poor performance both on physically and tactically.
“Honestly I didn’t expect such a pathetic performance I understand KB is a good side but we are capable of beating them. Anyway its now water under the bridge our focus will go back to super league where we also have a huge task to do so that we can move out from relegation
zone,” said Mtetemera.