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Kamuzu Barracks, Be Forward Wanderers win

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Cup specialists Be Forward Wanderers and Super League champions Kamuzu Barracks (KB) did their Airtel Top 8 Cup hopes a big favour after winning their separate quarterfinal, first-leg matches Sunday.

Wanderers, who are good at winning inaugural cups, eased past 10-man Azam Tigers 2-0 at Balaka Stadium whereas KB thrashed Blue Eagles 4-2 at Civo Stadium.

In Balaka, after a goalless first-half, Jafali Chande and Joseph Kamwendo netted in the 75th and 80th minutes, respectively, to give Wanderers an advantage going into the second-legs this weekend.

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Chande headed into the net after connecting right winger Felix Zulu’s delivery into Tigers’ penalty box, before Kamwendo danced his way past his markers to fire into the net from range via a deflection off the right upright.

Despite the win, Wanderers Coach, Yasin Osman, had issues with referee Dennis Ngulube for allegedly entertaining Tigers’ fouls.

“We have won 2-0 but we did not play well. What was important was the result and not the performance. We knew that it was always going to be difficult playing against Tigers looking at the changes they have made in their camp. They had something to prove,” Osman told the press in a post-match interview.

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Tigers Coach, Patrick Kulemeka, admitted that his charges lost the game because they gave the Carlsberg Cup and Fisd Challenge Cup kings too much respect.

“I must apologise for red card. Talking about the game, we gave them too much respect and we were second on the ball. We did not pile enough pressure on them,” said Kulemeka who replaced Gerald Phiri Senior last month.

Tigers not only lost the game but also defender Nickson Mwase saw red after head-butting Wanderers attacker Jabulani Linje late in the game.

In Lilongwe, Diof Simaone, Ndaona Daisi, Manase Chiyesa and Kelvin Hanganda scored in the opening 45 minutes for KB.

Second-half wholesale changes for Eagles saw them reduce the arrears through Mphatso Philemon and Dio Banda’s away goals that might prove decisive in the second leg.

KB and Wanderers join other first leg winners Silver Strikers and Moyale Barracks, who defeated Nyasa Big Bullets and Mafco 1-0 and 2-0, respectively, on Saturday.

Quarterfinal

2nd leg fixtures

Saturday

Azam Tigers v Be Forward Wanderers @ Kalulu

Moyale v Mafco @ Mzuzu Stadium

Blue Eagles v Kamuzu Barracks @ Nankhaka

Sunday

NMC Big Bullets v Silver Strikers @ Zomba Community Centre

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