Red Lions grabbed third slot in the Fellowship Association of Malawi Cup (Fama) after beating Epac FC 2-1 in a thrilling encounter on Sunday at Civo Stadium.
The Soldiers were first to open the score sheet in the 20th minutes through Thomas Makombwa before Epac equalized courtesy of Jaffalie Chande.
However, Lions sealed their victory the 66th minutes through Dan Katunga.
“I am very happy with the performance of my players. This is a warning to other teams before the league kicks off,” Red Lions coach Collins Nkuna said.
His counterpart for Epac, Abasi Makawa, said he was not disappointed with the defeat but was encouraged with the performance of his charges.
“We played well but Red Lions won, so at the end of everything it is just football. Let me congratulate them for the victory,” said Makawa.
Before this game, Silver Strikers won 3-2 to newly promoted Super League side Kamuzu Barracks in a strength testing match.
However, the finals of the cup between Big Bullets andBlue Eagles will take place this coming Saturday at Civo Stadium in the capital city of Malawi, Lilongwe.