There were no qualms, let alone pointing fingers at referees as Kamuzu Barracks (KB) bowed out of the Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup following a 10-9 post-match penalty loss to Dedza Young Soccer Stars at Civo Stadium on Wednesday.
Instead, KB assistant coach, Kenwood Nkhoma though dejected, accepted the result that leaves the soldiers with only the TNM Super League to fight for this season.
“Penalties are unpredictable. We are out of the cup and congratulations to Dedza for the victory,” Nkhoma said in a post-match interview.
Following the win, Dedza are through to the quarterfinals where they meet Civo United.
Understandably, Dedza outspoken coach, Millias Pofera, was relieved with the win.
“We came here with a purpose of winning the match and I am happy because our mission has been accomplished,” Pofera said.
It was not easy for the Super League rookies, Dedza to get to the last-eight as they held KB to a two-all draw in regulation time then the game descended into penalties.
Dedza converted the winning penalty through Chisomo Gillion after KB goalkeeper Victor Nangwale’s penalty was saved by his Dedza counterpart, Carlington Misomali.
During regulation time, Dedza took an early lead when Fletcher Bandawe scored from the free-kick after 17 minutes, but KB equalised through Manase Chiyesa after 33 minutes, before extending the lead through World Nkuliwa. However, the lead was shortlived as Amadu Makawa levelled matters from the spot after a Pilirani Makupe handball.
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