There is another fierce battle in Lilongwe as Kamuzu Barracks’ (KB) soldiers will be hunting for Blue Eagles’ nest in the second leg of the quarter-final of Airtel Top 8 Cup at Nankhaka Stadium this afternoon.
Eagles had their wings plucked last Sunday when they lost miserably 4-2 in the first leg at Civo Stadium.
Eagles crawled for the better part of the game before grabbing two vital away second-half goals which could prove decisive this afternoon.
However, Nankhaka is no longer a fortress as KB defeated the cops 2-0 in a league match last season.
Head-to-head record favours the soldiers as they have gone three consecutive games unbeaten against the Area 30 police officers.
The soldiers have scored 10 goals against Eagles and conceded just three goals in three meetings.
But Eagles gaffer, Audloy Makonyola, has refused to focus much on history.
“It will be a different game all together. We will play our normal game but with a purpose to qualify for the semi-final, “he said.
KB Coach, Billy Phambala, has assembled his arsenal with a simple mission—to finish off Eagles.
“We have a good plan for them. But it is too early to start celebrating, “he said.
Without Captain, Micium Mhone, who is still not cleared, Eagles will put their hopes on Stuart Mbunge and Maxwell Salambula whereas Harvey Nkacha and Manase Chiyesa can cause Eagles plenty of problems.
Another quarter-final match involves brothers in arms as Moyale Barracks host Mafco at Mzuzu Stadium.
Moyale have a massive advantage heading into the second leg having scored two away vital goals at Chitowe Stadium last weekend.
But anything can happen in football. The Lions of Kaning’ina’s Interim Head Coach, Charles Kamanga, said his side would continue from where they left in the first leg.
“We will go flat out. It will not be an easy game but we will make life tough for them, “he said.
His opposite number, Temwa Msuku, on Thursday said his charges were geared to cause an upset.
“We are just trailing but not out. This is football; let them underrate us at their own peril, “he said.
Mafco have a tough task as they need to score three goals without a reply to progress to semi-final.
Tomorrow, Nyasa Big Bullets host Silver Strikers at Mulanje Park.
The Central Bankers won the first leg 1-0, courtesy of Victor Limbani’s goal at Bingu National Stadium.
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