Moyale Barracks FC on Saturday, August 1, 2015 dumped Kamuzu Barracks out of the K30 million Carlsberg Cup competition after beating the opponents from Malawi Defence Force (MDF) headquarters 6-5 in a fierce brotherly encounter decided by post-match penalties at Nankhaka ground in Area 30.
The two military sides played a one-all draw in regulation time after Lloyd Njaliwa had cancelled out Manase Chiyesa’s first half strike.
Chiyesa had deservedly shot Kamuzu Barracks ahead on 34 minutes after beating Moyale goalkeeper Juma Chikwenga in a one-on-one situation before a 66th minute blunder by KB left back Mustaph Salimu led to Njaliwa’s equaliser.
The full time whistle caught the two teams tied at 1-1 and as per tournament rules, the game had to go straight into the dreaded penalty shoot-outs.
Hosts KB lost it out on their very first kick by former Flames international Davie Banda, which was saved by Chikwenga.
Moyale converted all their spot kicks through Crispin Fukizi, Luka Muyaba, BoyBoy Chima, Steve Mkandawire and man-of-the-match Ntopijo Njewa to sail through to the semi-final on a 6-5 aggregate.
Coach for the Lions from Kaning’ina Nicholas Mhango praised his charges for keeping their heads as the opponents led 1-0 after the first half.
“We told the boys at half time that it was not over and in the second half, we fought like we were playing in a cup final before getting the equaliser. When the game went into the spot-kicks, I knew we would carry the day,” said Mhango, who will now face Mighty Be Forward Wanderers in the semi final.
Kamuzu Barracks’ assistant coach Ted Kalinda lamented missed opportunities by his charges in the first half.
“We dominated the first half but did not take all our chances. As a result of tem kissed opportunities we were punished in the last half and one single miss in the shoot-outs has cost us the game,” he said.
Moyale also found their way into the quarter finals after beating fellow military side Red Lions on penalties.
In another Carlsberg quarterfinal affair at Civo Stadium, Silver Strikers had a field day over Mvera based soldiers Support Battalion, who they reportedly whacked 4-0 with goals from Victor Limbani, Peter Wadabwa, Ian Banda and substitute Peter Pindani.
The bankers will face the winners between Mafco and Big Bullets, who meet Sunday at Civo Stadium.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :