Barely a month after meeting in the Carlsberg Cup final, military sides Kamuzu Barracks and Moyale Barracks have set up a rematch in the quarterfinals of the K25 million Standard Bank Cup after seeing off their opponents during the play-offs that were to determine the remaining two quarterfinal slots in the completion.
Carlsberg champions KB, as Kamuzu Barracks are fondly called booked themselves a Standard Bank Cup quarterfinal berth after edging Presidential Cup holders Mafco 1-0 in an all-military teams’ clash at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.
The two teams played a goal-less first half before midfielder Kelvin Malikebu claimed the all important goal in the 75th minute after being set up in the danger zone by play maker Harvey Nkacha.
KB coach Billy Phambala described the victory as a sweet revenge after the 4-2 league defeat at the hands of the Soccer Instructors in Dedza, where KB had not lost any match.
“We knew they would be overzealous after beating us and I just told the boys to keep possession throughout he game. We were the better team in both halves and I say congratulations to our boys,” said Phambala.
While accepting the loss, Mafco coach Stereo Gondwe expressed disappointment with the opponents’ approach.
“Kamuzu Barracks were too combative and we are not used to such type of play. I am not surprised
that are creating a lot of enemies in the south. They have good players but their standard of play is far from impressive,” said Gondwe.
With the win, Kamuzu Barracks will now face Moyale Barracks in the quarterfinals at Civo Stadium on Sunday.
The Lions of Kaning’ina stormed the quarterfinals after crashing visiting Epac 3-1 in another mid-week fixture at Mzuzu Stadium.