Red Lions struggled to progress through in the next stage of the Presidential Cup on Saturday at the giant Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre as they were forced into the penalty shoot-out by an Under-20 Sporting Leopards side.
Sporting Leopards, who enjoyed support from Mighty Wanderers and Big Bullets fans, were the class of their own from the first whistle, as they kept the soldiers on the run.
The young lads were first to score through Siyasambe before the Lions equalized courtesy of Innocent Mlima.
However, Sporting Leopards still displayed fantastic football to the dismay of many fans that thronged Kamuzu Stadium.
After 90 minutes, the two teams were tied at 1-1 forcing the game to go into penalty shoot-out.
In the penalties, Red Lions won 5-4 but after some drama, as Sporting Leopards goalkeeper managed to save some penalties.
Red Lions coach Collins Nkuna conceded that it was one of his toughest games he has handled.
“This was a tense game and one of the toughest games for me. I must commend Sporting Leopards for their performance,” said Nkuna.
As Red Lions were struggling to break the jinx at Kamuzu Stadium, it was a different story for their fellow soldiers’ in Mzuzu, as Moyale Barracks had a fruitful Saturday.
Moyale pruned City Glass courtesy of Victor Phiri, Steven Mkandawire and Ernest Zimba.
In another encounter, Azam Tigers two goals from Isaac Maluwa and Maxwell Mwanyongo were enough to send Prison United packing in the prestigious cup.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :