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Dedza Dynamos hope to overturn tables against Blue Eagles

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Dan Dzinkambani

Odds are stacked against Dedza Dynamos Salima Sugar as they face Blue Eagles in the second leg of the 2022 Airtel Top 8 Cup quarterfinals at Dedza Stadium this afternoon.

In all fairness, Dedza need to be brave to progress in the competition, having lost the first leg 3-0 at Nankhaka Stadium.

They need to score more than three goals without conceding to progress to the semifinals.

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On the part of Eagles, they need to exercise caution as, in football, anything can happen.

However, history favours the Eagles, having won two matches and drawn once against Dedza in all competitions.

Dedza Coach Dan Dzinkambani Friday admitted that his troops have a huge task to turn the tables.

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“Indeed, it is a tough task for us but we believe anything can happen. We will try as much as possible to go through. The attitude of the players is very good,” Dzinkambani said.

In this afternoon’s match, Dedza will miss the services of striker Charles Chipala due to injury.

But Dzinkambani has several players including Promise Kamwendo, Clement Nyondo, Ibrahim Sadik and Lughano Kaira.

Taking his turn, Eagles Coach Eliya Kananji was cautious ahead of the return leg.

“The battle is not over yet. We need to be very careful because they come hard on us,” Kananji said.

Goalkeeper Brighton Munthali has been ruled out of today’s match due to an injury.

However, defender Sankhani Mkandawire and captain Schumacher Kuwali have recovered. Kananji will also rely on Gaddie Chirwa, Micium Mhone, Paul Master and Christopher Gototo.

The winner between Eagles and Dedza will face Mighty Mukuru Wanderers, who reached the semifinals after a 4-0 victory over Mafco on aggregate.

The other semifinal will involve holders Nyasa Big Bullets and the winner between Kamuzu Barracks and Silver Strikers, who meet tomorrow in the second leg at Champions Stadium in Mponela after a 1-1 stalemate in the first leg at Chitowe Stadium.

Bullets knocked Karonga United out of the tournament after a 8-1 victory on aggregate.

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