Kamuzu Barracks (KB) Sunday stormed into the final of Fisd Challenge Cup after beating Silver Strikers 1-0 at a packed Silver Stadium in Lilongwe.
KB will face Be Forward Wanderers in the final on December 10 in Lilongwe.
A well-taken Manase Chiyesa’s goal in the 67th minute was enough to send the soldiers into their first ever cup final since 2013.
In the absence of injured Lucky Malata, Silver’s defence was exposed and committed errors on several occasions.
Nation Harazi was the main culprit when he gave Chiyesa plenty of space for the forward to fire a hard shot past goalkeeper Blessings Kameza.
However, Kameza saved Kelvin Hanganda’s spot-kick in the dying minutes when Mike Ntonyo fouled advancing Chiyesa.
Featuring Green Harawa, for the first time this season, to partner Clement Trota upfront, the Bankers lacked will and hunger to win the match.
In the first half, KB goalkeeper, Lemani Nthala, was forced to make several reflex saves.
In the second half, things changed completely as the soldiers took control of the game.
In a post-match reaction, Siver Assistant Coach, Lovemore Fazili, conceded defeat, saying his side displayed one of the worst performances this season.
“We were second on the ball and lacked fighting spirit. This is the worst performance I have seen from my players this season. Anyway, we accept defeat,” Fazili said.
While Fazili was busy mourning the loss, KB Coach, Billy Phambala, was the happiest man.
“My players did exceptionally well. We are now looking forward to the final against Wanderers. We deserved to be in the final,” Phambala said.
Line-ups: Silver: Kameza, Ntonyo, Chisomo Mpachika, Harazi, Mike Robert, Timothy Chitedze, Young Chimodzi Jnr, Duncan Nyoni, Thuso Paipi, Clement Trota, Harawa.
KB: Nthala, Vincent Mphepo, Pempho Kamsichiri, Pilirani Makupe, Mustafa Salimu, Banda, Harvey Nkacha, Ben Hojan, Kelvin Hanganda, Chiyesa.
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