Tigers beat KB to reach semis of Standard Bank Cup

A first half goal from Peter Kasonga was enough for Azam Tigers to cruise through into the semi-finals of the 2014 Standard Bank Knockout Cup on Sunday after beating Kamuzu Barracks 1-0.

Match action
Match action
Tigers Celebrating a goal....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
Tigers Celebrating a goal….Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
KB knocked out from Standard Bank Cup....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
KB knocked out from Standard Bank Cup….Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
KB coach Kenwood Nkhoma blamed the referee....Photo Jeromy Kadewere
KB coach Kenwood Nkhoma blamed the referee….Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Robin Alufandika on cloud nine....Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Robin Alufandika on cloud nine….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

The Kau-Kau boys, who ousted Epac FC in the quarter finals, were boosted with the coming in of their Junior Flames players namely Boston Kabango and Isaac Kaliati, who missed the quarter finals.

They also featured former Mighty Wanderers striker Diverson Chilemba, who combined well with Kasonga despite missing many scoring opportunities.

On the midfield, Tigers was solid with Nafe Msasa and Malumbo Gondwe, who outplayed Harvey Mkacha and Kelvin Malikebu.

In defence, well composed Kabango was outstanding as he tamed Manase Chiyesa well and making sure that there was no enough space for him to manoeuvre.

Missing the services of their heartbeat Dave Banda, Kamuzu Barracks lost the game on the midfield, but their strikers had more than four times failed to score even with the goalkeeper already beaten.

In the second half, Kamuzu Barracks pressed hard to find an equalizer but Kabango and his defence sealed all border posts.

In this half, Tigers team manager Robin Alufandika could not believe his eyes, when Kasonga missed with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Today’s victory for Tigers means that they will face Mafco FC in Lilongwe. The Salima based soldiers defeated Airborne Rangers 3-0 at Civo Stadium.

In another semi-final set, Mighty Wanderers will rock horns against Silver Strikers in Blantyre.

The Nomads ousted Moyale Barracks 1-0 courtesy of Mike Kaziputa’s penalty, while the Bankers won 2-1 against Blue Eagles.

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