Written by MANENO CHIMULALA
From Mzuzu University ground aka "Thengere Stadium", MaraPost reporter Maneno Chimulala paints a picture of how the game was like.
Mzuzu University Football Club moved in the next round of the 30 million kwacha Carslberg cup after beating BNC Prodisack 4-3 through penalties. The game started at high note as both teams seemed geared for the game but it was BNC which came wave after wave in the first ten minutes.
Mzuni F.C came back into the game through the first-rate coordination of the midfielders Pearson Sauzande and Macklin Mwamlima. BNC could get a goal twelve minutes into the game but thanks to magnetic hands of agile goalkeeper Griffin Jere.
In the next ten minutes both teams displayed brilliant performance, characterized with good passes and good coordination. Despite efforts from both teams to get a goal, the first half ended in a goalless draw. The second half started at high note as both teams were hunting for a goal. The Northern region intellectuals got chances in the first ten minutes of the second half but were wasted by their strikers Luwindiko Mshali and Edward Mangani.
Poor organization of Mzuni F.C defence commanded by veteran player Joshua Tembo gave the visitors a chance to open the score sheet, a goal which caught the goal keeper Griffin Jere off guard. The goal gave the visitors energy to win ball possession but Mzuni players did not give up as the support was still on their side.
The BNC goal keeper started delay tactics as for them a goal was enough. Thirty minutes into the second half, BNC had to pay back for their delays with a brilliant goal from Pililani Mzuli. The constitutional football time ended without another goal from both camps and the referee had no choice but to go straight into penalties.
Mzuni managed to convert four penalties into the net and BNC scored three penalties to make it 4-3 in favour of the Northern region intellectuals aka "Thengere boys". Alex Ngwira, coach of Mzuni F.C was quick to attribute their victory to good preparation and total commitment from the players.
“We prepared well because we knew that BNC is also a good side. We are now focusing on the next game and our aim is to reach as far as finals”, said Ngwira amid chuckles of unfeigned delight. BNC coach said that his players played well only that penalties are unpredictable.