Zolozolo United FC Coach, Oscar Kaunda, is confident that his side can pull a surprise in the Fisd Challenge Cup, saying the round of 16-clash against Dwangwa Town Hammers will be a close contest.
Kaunda made the remarks after guiding his side to a hard-fought 1-0 victory over their fellow Northern Region Simama Premier Division participants, Rumphi Pirates, at Mzuzu Stadium on Saturday.
Zikani Sichinga’s 70th minute strike was enough to earn Zolozolo the competition’s Northern Region championship and book a round of-16 clash with Hammers.
The on-loan striker from Moyale Barracks beat Pirates’ back-four in spectacular fashion, chesting the ball down before looping it past helpless Stanley Kachamba in Pirates’ goal posts from close range.
The former Civo United mentor said his boys are hungry to prove themselves in the next round.
“When this competition was starting, we were scoring a lot of goals, but today we have only scored once. So, it is a clear indication that the higher the competition goes, the tougher it becomes,” Kaunda said.
“In the next assignment, we are up against our fellow minnows [Hammers]. It is good that we are not playing a Super League side yet. I think we have a chance to prove ourselves at a higher level because we are now carrying the Northern Region’s flag.”
Should Zolozolo see off Hammers in the round of-16, they may book a possible meeting against giants, Be Forward Wanderers, in the quarterfinals.
The Nomads are strong favourites to overcome Ntcheu-based Lake Valley in the last-16 meeting.
Pirates’ coach, Luka Tembo, while conceding defeat, blamed the loss on what he felt was poor officiation.
“My boys gave out everything in the game. We had chances and our opponents also had chances, but they scored because the referee and his assistants were on their [Zolozolo United] side,” Tembo lamented.
Kaunda’s side is the only remaining side in the cup from the Northern Region following the exit of Super League giants, Moyale Barracks FC, Mzuni FC and Karonga United in the round of-32.
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