Mzuzu-based soldiers Moyale Barracks have cruised through to the Round of 16 of the 2017 Carlsberg Cup edition after beating lower league side Mwanza Boarder United in a match that attracted a very small crowd at the Balaka Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The soldiers took advantage of the inexperience in their opponents and controlled the proceedings from the word go.
They no wonder took an early lead in the 9th minute through Deus Nkutu.
He rose high to connect home a Wister Phiri cross from the right flank through a powerful header that left Mwanza goalkeeper freezing and with no chance.
The goal completely disturbed and made life difficult for the inexperience Mwanza Boarder side as the soldiers dominated the ball possession.
They however tried to reorganise themselves but continued to struggle as they cheaply gave away possession and couldn’t penetrate through and unlock the Moyale defence.
First half ended 1-0 in favour of the visitors Moyale Barracks.
In the second half, Moyale continued from where they had stopped in the first half but could not increase the tally of goals as Deus Nkutu and their danger man Khuda Muyaba who was tightly marked failed to convert the little chances their midfield created into goals.
They had to wait for Chamveka Gwetsani to score late in the second half to seal their victory and book a ticket to the round of 16 phase.
Moyale coach Charles Kamanga was in cloud nine after the match but admitted his side faced a tough opposition.
“It was a very difficult game and I just thank God that we have managed to win and progress to the next round. It is always difficult to play against teams from lower league teams unlike big teams which we already know their style of play whereby you find it easy to make a game plan” Kamanga told Nyasa Times in an interview after the match.
On his part, Mwanza Boarder United coach Jealson Chunga blamed his charges for giving Moyale a silly goal and for lacking concentration.
“The problem was that we conceded an early goal due to lack of concentration and our attacking machinery wasn’t good at all but I thank the boys for containing our opponents by preventing them from scoring goals. Still more we have learnt alot from our brothers from Moyale and the experience we have gained will help us in the league,”said Chunga while wishing their opponents the best of luck as they continue with their Carlsberg Cup journey.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :