Silver Strikers showed great character as they dumped Kamuzu Barracks out of the 2022 Airtel Top 8 Cup and set up a semifinal tie against Nyasa Big Bullets.
The Bankers defeated Kamuzu Barracks 0-2 away at Champions Stadium in Mponela, Dowa District, Sunday and advanced 3-1 on aggregate.
This is a repeat of the 2021 Airtel Top 8 Cup final in which Bullets won 5-3 on post-match penalties following 1-1 stalemate in regulation time.
Silver have joined Mighty Mukuru Wanderers and Blue Eagles in the semifinals of the competition.
Interestingly, all the three teams, except Wanderers, have won the Airtel Top 8 Cup before.
For Silver, they are record winners of the competition, after winning it twice in 2017 and 2019, whereas Eagles won it in 2018.
Bullets are the defending champions.
Eagles will face Wanderers.
At Champion Stadium, Patrick Macheso and Chawanangwa Kaonga were on target for Silver.
Macheso scored in the 3rd minute of the match when he taped in a Kaonga’s pass.
However, Kaonga scored the second goal of the match for Silver in the 89th minute.
For the better part of the match, Silver dominated the proceedings.
However, Robert Rodwell missed a good chance in the first half.
For KB, their striking force, comprising Olson Kanjira and Juma Yatina, was ineffective.
In post-match interview, Silver Coach Leo Mpulula said his charges displayed the right attitude throughout the match.
“It was a difficult match as KB came hard on us. We look forward to the semifinal against Bullets,” Mpulula said.
On his part, KB Assistant Coach Blessings Kawanga said it was a bad day at the office.
“We conceded an early goal which disturbed our game-plan. We tried everything but it was not our day,” Kawanga said.
Hardy Ng’andu of Silver was named man of the match Sunday.
Bullets advanced to the semifinals after beating Karonga United 8-1 on aggregate.
For Eagles, they survived a scare, having qualified for the semifinals after a beating Dedza Dynamos Salima Sugar 3-2 on aggregate.
Eagles lost 2-0 on Saturday at Dedza Stadium but they won 3-0 in the first leg at Nankhaka Stadium.
On the part of Wanderers, they knocked Mafco out of the competition following 4-0 victory on aggregate. Wanderers won both legs by 2-0 margins.