Fish Eagles, the second-tier Mzuzu team whose value might be equivalent to that of Be Forward Wanderers’ kit, bowed out of the Carlsberg Cup round-of-32 with their heads held high at Balaka Stadium Wednesday.
The Premier Division side, whose Team Manager, Yosefe Misinde, is Wanderers’ Northern Region Supporters Committee Chairperson, pinned the Nomads to a 1-1 draw in regulation time, before the TNM Super League leaders sneaked to the round-of-16, 6-5 via post-match penalties.
Defender Harry Nyirenda headed Wanderers in front from Mike Kaziputa’s free-kick in the 22 minute, only for Blessings Phiri to restore parity for Eagles 16 minutes later.
Wanderers’ attacker Jafali Chande had two efforts ruled out for offside.
Eventually, Yamikani Chester converted Wanderers’ decisive penalty after Eagles’ Gift Nyando had missed.
Generally, Wanderers, in their Coach, Yasin Osman’s own admission, struggled against the Christopher Nyambose-coached boys, who are on a distant 11th place in their lower league.
“I am not happy with our performance. We underrated and underestimated them. They played better than we expected. We need to change our mentality. We must never undermine any team,” Osman said.
Mzuzu businessperson, Oasi Naftali, sponsors Eagles who have 12 points from 17 games in their division. Wanderers lead the Super League standings with 22 points from nine games.
In other games, Red Lions progressed to the round-of-16 following a 3-1 post-match penalty win over Premier Bet Wizards in Mulanje whereas at Chilomoni Stadium in Blantyre, the mighty fell as yet another Premier Division outfit, Michiru Madrid, ousted Super League’s Masters Security after beating them 1-0.
The round-of-16 line-up will be complete today when Blantyre United meet Rumphi Medicals