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Mayamiko Stars clinch Nyasa Capital Finance Cup

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By Bernard Mhone

Debutants Mayamiko Stars have emerged champions of the K8.3 million 2022 Nyasa Capital Finance Cup in the Northern Region after defeating Chitipa United 4-3 on post-match penalties at Mzuzu Stadium on Saturday.

The match ended goalless in regulation time and it was an exciting final as penalties were taken while it was raining cats and dogs.

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But that did not stop the winners from celebrating while, of course, soaked to the bone.

Kadona Stars has finished on third position following a 2-1 win over Embangweni United.

Mayamiko Stars Coach Liston Sabuli expressed satisfaction with the performance of his boys for clinching the championship over cups and league regulars, saying they will be motivated to pursue the league title next season.

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“This is a Christmas gift to our fans. We have defied the odds because Chitipa United are the champions of Simso Innobuild League. It was a tough task for us, considering that ours is a new team,” Sabuli said.

On his part, Chitipa United Coach Nathaniel Mkamanga said, despite the loss, his boys sacrificed themselves to win the cup but luck was not on their side.

He added that they have identified areas which need fine-tuning in readiness for the Super League.

“Anything happens in penalty shootouts; they are unpredictable. We salute Mayamiko for winning the cup because our target was also to win it,” Mkamanga said.

Meanwhile, Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) Chairperson Lameck Zetu Khonje has said the cup has unearthed talent, citing golden boot winner Samuel Mbiz, who is from Division One side Bwabwa United. Khonje also commended the sponsor for contributing to sports development.

In his remarks, Nyasa Capital Finance Limited Director Ronald Chiwaula has applauded NRFA for running the cup smoothly.

“We launched the cup to identity hidden talent and this is happening. This is what we, as a company, want. We want to develop businesses through the provision of loans and we also want to develop sports,” Chiwaula said.

The champions pocketed K1.5 million with a trophy and medals while runners-up received K600,000 and medals.

Kadona Stars got K300,000 while Embangweni United carted home K200,000.

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