Written by LEONARD SHARRA
LILONGWE--Kabwafu United FC, all the way from Mzimba district on Sunday, October 21, 2012 booted out Kamuzu Barracks from the K30 Million Carlsberg Cup competition after edging the soldiers 4-3 in post-match penalties in a game played at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
The teams played a barren draw in regulation time and as per the tournament’s rules, the game went straight into the shoot-outs. In the shoot-outs, Kabwafu converted four penalty kicks, missing one while the soldiers scored three penalties and missed two to bow out of the competition on a 4-3 margin.
Kabwafu coach Oscar Kaunda said after the game he was pleased to reach the last 16 and that his target was to reach the quarterfinals or semi finals. “It was a difficult match. The two teams were of equal strength but I’m happy that we have sailed through to the last 16,” said Kaunda.
His opposite number Kennedy Nkhoma felt his side would have wrapped up the game in regulation time but missed good chances: “We missed good chances during normal play and got punished in the penalty shoot-outs,” said Nkhoma, adding his focus would now be to keep the team in the TNM Super League.
Playing at Silver Stadium, Red Lions edged Black Eagles 1-0 to progress to the round of 16. Before the Black Eagles, Red Lions match, Blue Eagles Reserves defeated Silver Reserves 2-1.
At Chitowe Stadium in Dwangwa, visiting Escom United edged hosts Mafco 1-0 to also progress to the next round. Azam Tigers FC became the only side to win against opposition from the northern region, when they defeated Super Dynamos 2-0 at Mzuzu Stadium. Epac FC sailed through after beating Changalume Barracks 2-1 at Balaka with Envirom crashing Airborne 4-0. White Eagles defeated Chikhwawa United 3-1.