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Silver Strikers , Kamuzu Barracks share spoils in Airtel Top 8 Cup

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Leo Mpulula

Capital City sides Silver Strikers and Kamuzu Barracks equalled power in the first leg of the 2022 Airtel Top 8 Cup quarterfinals as they played out to a 1-1 draw at Chitowe Ground Sunday.

This is a tricky result for either side before they meet in the second leg at Champions Stadium in Mponela, Dowa, on December 4.

However, KB might be pleased with the result and they will need at least a goal-less draw in the second leg to progress to the semifinals.

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The soldiers also became the first away side to force a draw in this year’s Airtel Top 8 Cup.

Sammy Chiponda drew first blood after four minutes into the game. Chiponda pounced on a loose ball after Silver defence, comprising Maxwell Paipi and Haddy Ng’andu, failed to clear Chimwemwe Chisambi’s corner kick.

The KB soldiers continued to pile pressure on the hosts but goalkeeper Emmance Nyirenda had a grand game.

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At the half-hour mark, Chawanangwa Kaonga levelled the scores when he fired a low shot, beating Leman Nthala after he was put through by Patrick Macheso.

After the goal, the Bankers took the match to the visitors but wasted several scoring opportunities. Striker Stain Davie was the main culprit.

However, Mark Fodya had the ball into the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside.

Silver also had one penalty appeal correctly turned down by referee Alfred Kamphatengo in the first half.

After recess, KB made a triple substitution when they introduced Gregory Nachipo, Christopher Mtambo and Redson Nkhoma for Chimwemwe Chisambi, Chiponda and John Banda, respectively.

On the part of Silver, they brought in Tatenda M’balaka for Zebron Kalima.

The move changed the complexion of the match as KB regained control in midfield.

Nachipo also forced Silver goalkeeper Nyirenda to make a finger-tip save, much to the delight of Silver fans.

On the other hand, Silver’s Innocent Shema forced Nthala to make a save. The match produced no winner.

In post-match reaction, Silver Coach Leo Mpulula said his charges will plan well for the second leg.

“We conceded a silly goal and were panicking at some point. But the battle is not over yet. We will go back as a team and get organised for the second leg,” he said.

Taking his turn, KB Assistant Coach Blessings Kawanga rued missed chances.

“We had all the chances to win the match. The away goal is important for us. We will make life difficult for them at home,” Kawanga said.

The second leg of the Airtel Top 8 Cup will be played from next week until December 4.

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