Moyale, Civo, Lions and Eagles win in Standard Bank

Four teams are just a step ahead to go through to the semifinals  in the Standard Bank Cup after winning their first leg on Saturday.

Red Lions, Moyale Barracks, Civo United and Blue Eagles also registered wins on Saturday.

At Kamuzu Stadium, visiting Red Lions came from behind to beat Escom United 3-2 courtesy of Mphatso Ngwira, Emmanuel Banda and Kumbukani Mwambeni while Escom  reduced the scores through Heston Munthali and an own goal by Red Lions defender  Dennis Nkutu.

Escom United coach Charles Manda blamed his players for misusing many scoring opportunities especially in the first half of the game.

Escom and Red Lions match played in an almost empty stadium.Photo: Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

“We have ourselves to blame because we missed a lot of scoring chances. We could have wrapped up the game in the first half, “said Manda, whose side has a tough assignment in any away fixture next weekend to the soldier’s back yard.

As the old capital city soldiers were busy pinning the electricians in Blantyre, their fellow soldiers from the evergreen city Moyale Barracks had a fruitful trip in Chinkhwawa where they kissed Mighty Wanderers net three times without any response.

Moyale, who also gunned downed the Nomads in the first round of the TNM Super League netted their scores through World Nkuliwa and Deus Nkutu a brace.

The Nomads mentor Franco Ndau blamed the officiating personnel’s for their defeat.

“The officiation was poor otherwise we played better. But all in all we have to focus on the return match, “said Ndau.

Moyale Barracks coach Nicolas Mhango had a few words, “We proved to them that we are a better side but we will not relax because we have to meet them again in Mzuzu next week.”

In Area 47, Silver Strikers failed to utilize home ground advantage as they went down 2-1 to their fellow capital city giants Civo United.

The Bankers, who scored their lone goal through Asedi Ayami lost the game on the middle of the park where Patrick Gunde for the Area 3 side controlled everything.

The ‘Sir’ Alex Masanjala boys scored through Dixon Mbetewa and Lazarus Chirwa.

Silver Strikers assistant Coach Meke Mwase vowed to be back in town in the return match at Civo Stadium.

“Yes we lost but it is not over until it is over, “said Mwase, while his counterpart Alex Masanjala described their victory as a stepping stone to reach the semi-finals of the prestigious cup.

At Area 30, Blue Eagles were a better side against Mafco FC as they managed to prune them 4-1.

The Cops, who scored through Peter ‘Shoes’ Mgangira, Maxwell Masiyano and a brace from John Banda have to travel to Chitowe next Saturday for their return match.

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