By Mabvuto Kambuwe
Dedza Dynamos Salima Sugar continued with their giant killing instincts as they booted out FDH Bank Cup holders Silver Strikers following a 5-4 victory on post-match penalties at a jam-packed Dedza Stadium yesterday.
After the win, the mood was terrific in Dedza as fans celebrated the famous victory.
It was a triumph to remember for the TNM Super League rookies, who have turned Dedza Stadium into a fortress after three consecutive wins.
No one could blame them as they booked a place in the round of 16 of the competition.
On the part of Silver, they trooped out of the facility crestfallen.
Their chance of defending the cup, which they won last year, went up in smoke.
The match ended goalless in regulation time and it had to be decided through penalty shootouts. Henry Misinjo was the hero of the day when he scored the winning penalty for Dynamos but Patrick Macheso was the villain for Silver having missed his spot kick.
Charles Chipala, Christopher Phiri, Limbani Phiri and Lughano Kaira also converted their penalties for the hosts whereas Chawanangwa Kaonga, Chinsinsi Maonga, Maxwell Paipi and Charles Thom scored their penalties for the Central Bankers.
After the game, Silver Assistant Coach Macdonald Yobe conceded defeat.
“We did everything to win the match but luck was not on our side,” Yobe said.
Dynamos Coach Dan Dzinkambani was pleased with the victory.
“It was a tough match but the players did well. We have to focus on the next match,” Dzinkambani said.
At Kamuzu Stadium, Mighty Mukuru Wanderers also advanced to the round of 16 after knocking out Kamuzu Barracks Reserve 4-1 on post-match penalties.
The match ended 2-2 in regulation time.
Felix Zulu and Misheck Botoman scored for the Nomads in the first half but the young soldiers showed great character in the second as they got the goals through Marshall Maluwa and John Banda to force the match into penalty shootout.
Elsewhere, Changalume Barracks booked a place in the round of 16 after they dumped out Mafco with a 2-1 win at Balaka Stadium.
Amidu Mapila and Emmanuel Allan scored Changalume whereas Yohane Malunga netted the consolation for the Salima-based soldiers.
Chitipa United also defeated TN Stars 1-0 at Karonga Ground whereas Ekwendeni Hammers beat Airborne Rangers 2-1 at Chitowe Stadium.
Elsewhere, Zeliat Nkhoma scored a brace as Kamuzu Barracks also booked their round-of-16 slot after a 2-0 victory over MDF Marine at Civo Stadium.
Action in the FDH Bank Cup will continue today as Sable Farming host Nyasa Big Bullets at Mulanje Park whereas Civil Service United will entertain Baka City at Civo Stadium.