Moyale Barracks are through to the quarter finals of the FISD Challenge Cup after eliminating Katowo Football Club of Rumphi through a brace by Chamveka Gwetsani in a match played at Mzuzu Stadium on Thursday.
As the two teams did not know each other’s type of play, no team controlled the game as they kept cancelling each other out since Katowo was employing man marking in the middle and at their back.
It was only in the 27th minute when a free kick by Malumbo Banda of Katowo missed the target by a whisker.
Nicholas Mhango’s pep talk brought vigour and pace in the soldiers’ squad from the first whistle of the second half.
Just four minutes into the second half, Khuda Muyaba broke even on the left and his cross was craftily connected into the visitors’ net by Chamveka Keita Gwetsani to put the soldiers in the lead.
Katowo reacted seven minutes later with a dangerous counterattack when Malumbo Banda beat a defender on the left and with only goalkeeper Macdonald Harawa left to beat, he decided to curl the ball around him towards the far post but the ball mercilessly missed the target with just a few centimeters.
Chamveka Gwetsani completed his brace in the 73rd minute through a powerful free kick, 25 metres out on the right, which got its way between goalkeeper Innocent Nyasulu’s legs.
2 nil it ended in favour of Moyale Barracks after 90 minutes.
Speaking after the match, Katowo FC coach Edward Moyo said his boys did not work hard in the second half but they played better than Moyale Barracks despite losing the game.
“Our aim was to go past Moyale Barracks and embarrass some more big teams from Blantyre like Bullets. It’s unfortunate that we have lost but you have seen that there is serious football at Hewe in Rumphi,” he added.
Assistant Coach for Moyale Barracks Charles Kamanga said it was not easy to get goals because they did not know Katowo FC as it is not even in the Simama League hence difficult to plan.
“I am happy that we have won this game. You are aware that we have reached the semifinals twice in two different competitions this season and so it’s our hope that we can reach the finals of this cup,” explained Kamanga.