Moyale Barracks FC and their brothers-in-arms, Kamuzu Barracks, are down and out of the Airtel Top 8—and it might have been due to connectivity problems and a misplaced password at their barracks in Mzuzu and Lilongwe.
Moyale, who lost 1-0 to Nyasa Big Bullets in the first-leg quarter-final match played at Nchalo Ground in Chikwawa District, made a mockery of their Mzuzu Stadium home advantage on Saturday. The soldiers laboured in vain to locate the back of the net.
Every call that striker Gastin Simkonda tried to make hit a dead end as Bullets goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe had disconnected the Airtel network and hidden the security code to his goals.
In the end, Moyale Coach, Charles Kamanga, whose soldiers let slip a two-goal advantage in the semi-final against Be Forward Wanderers last season, was left to rue the half-chances they fashioned.
“We played well but as I earlier said, we have problems in scoring,” Kamanga told the media.
Moyale and Kamuzu Barracks, who too, lost 1-0 to Wanderers at Balaka Stadium on Sunday, made history for wrong reasons in the cup as the only teams that failed to score in 180 minutes.
At Balaka Stadium, Joseph Kamwendo stepped forward to score from the penalty spot on Sunday, and it was the same cultured legs of the man from Kamwendo area in Mchinji that made a decisive call in Lilongwe in the first-leg.
The two goals made Kamwendo leading scorer in the cup with two goals.
Bullets and Wanderers advanced to the semi-finals without conceding, suggesting that either their defences are becoming tighter or they were up against lousy finishers.
Next on the stage are Mafco who invite Blue Eagles to Chitowe Stadium on Saturday, before Civil Sporting Club host Silver Strikers to complete the quarter-finals calls.
The draw for the semi-final is scheduled for May 27 during the Civil versus Silver game.
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