KB, Tigers through to round of 16 as Max Bullets flops: Malawi Carlsberg Cup

In the prestigious Carlsberg Cup competition, Max Bullets has become the first elite league team to be shown exit following round of 32 opening games that were played on Sunday.

Winning parade for KB  players
Winning parade for KB players
Tigers coach Gerald Phiri and Robin Alufandika : Match on
Tigers coach Gerald Phiri and Robin Alufandika : Match on

Max Bullets who are also struggling in the top flight league and are currently anchoring the 16 member log table were handed  shocking 2-1 defeat by Northern Region Premier League side Zolozolo FC at the Mpira Village at Chiwembe in Blantyre.

Zolozolo FC coach Oscar Kaunda formerly of Civo United expressed excitement after the match.

“We as Zolozolo family are happy to have won the match and progress to the next round. We still have a big challenge ahead because there are giants awaiting on our way but” said Kaunda.

He added: “In our game against Max, we encouraged the players and we told them that they should not have any pressure since when big teams are playing small teams, it is the big teams who always have pressure”.

In another tricky fixture, Azam Tigers had to come from behind to progress to the last 16 of Carlsberg Cup after beating Southern Region Premier League side Cobbe Barracks.

Martin Katema gave Cobbe Barracks followers false hopes when he opened the score sheet before Azam replied through Yamikani Chester.

Peter Mpulula sealed the victory for the Kau Kau boys to the delightment of their coach Gerald Phiri who admitted Cobbe was a tough nut to crack.

“It wasn’t easy but we are happy that we have won and we are through to the round of 16. We strugled to settle down because we didnt know how our opponents play but in the second half, we came back into the game and play our usual football,” said Phiri.

At the Civo Stadium, Kamuzu Barracks taught Nsundwe United some football lessons after hammering the Chipiku Premier League side 7-0.

Diof Simaone netted a brace while the other goals were scored by Pempho Kamsichiri, Gift M’bwana, Komani Msiska and Manase Chiyesa.

K.B coach Billy Phambala described the game as a walk over.

“I am not surprised with the result since this game was just like a trainning session to us. We worked on our recent mistakes like scoring and as you can see today we managed to score many goals” said Phambala.

General Secretary for Nsundwe FC a Mr. Saiti pushed all the blame on Football Association of Malawi (FAM) who are the main organizers.

“We were supposed to play this game at Nsundwe ground because according to the fixture this was our home match”.

“We complained to Fam after announcing the match will be played at Civo which happens to be K.B’s home ground but nothing was done so we told them that we will play under protest.” said Saiti.

Zomba United are also through to the next round following a 2-0 comfortable win over Chipiku Premier League youthful side Area 12 Stars.

In the Northern Region, Mzuzu United beat Mchengautuwa 4-3 through post-match penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation time.

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