………Kawinga FC 1(2)-1(3) Chitipa United

By Edwin Mbewe

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Chitipa United FC have become the first team to find themselves a place in the 2022 FDH Bank Cup Pachema quarter finals after defeating resilient Kawinga FC through post match penalties 2-3 after regulation time ended 1 all at Nankhaka Stadium in Lilongwe on Friday.

Chitipa United FC

Center referee Mayamiko Kanjere assisted by Hastings Kanjati and Yafwiram Nundwe started the match at exactly 14:30 hours.

Chitipa United who are playing in the Northern Region Football Association (NRFA) after their relegation from TNM Super League in 2021 season looked stable on the ball as experience seem to have been playing a great part.

However, Kawinga FC who play in Chipiku Stores Premier Division League showed some resilience as they contained well the heat from the Lions of Chitipa with their defense of Kondwani Lipenga,Grant Magugu,Jauma Edward and Yona Mhango was well disciplined denying Chitipa strikers to penetrate and take shoots at their goal.

Kawinga FC drew first blood at 10th minute, after experienced Amadu Makawa got fouled by Chitipa player.

Makawa made no mistake but converting it past goalie George Chaooka,from then the area 36 based side settled well and started displaying beautiful football with juicy passes.

But for how long they could enjoy that against a well experienced side Chitipa United whose legs are flesh from TNM Super League? Boom! at exactly 42 minute Ken Mlenga scored for the visitors.

First 45 minutes ended with the teams equaling powers though Kawinga FC dominated the ball possession but Amadu Makawa and Kelvin Thotho missed a lot of scoring opportunities which helped the visitors Chitipa United to survive.

Second half it was Chitipa United who started on a high note as they kept attacking the home team to score the winning goal.

But the home defence maintained their discipline at the back hence Chitipa efforts went futile which forced coach Nathaniel Mkangama to make some changes.

He introduced Lajabu Nyirenda and Aaron Kayila for Ken Mlenga and Dumisan Jere while Kawinga’ s Coach Harrison Bishop Saidi brought in Inusu Saidi and Dalitso Nahipa for Kelvin Thotho and Lazarus Chirwa apart from changing the tempo of the game,the changes did not pay dividend in terms of goals until the last whistle.

Mayamiko Kanjere, referee then ordered that the fate for the two sides should be decided through post match penalties where Chitipa United FC scored three out of five through Peter Mughogho,Gideon Sululu and Bernald Kabole while Happy Mwapashi and Alex Benson failed to convert theirs.

Kawinga FC scored through Amadu Makawa and Jauma Edward while Yona Mhango, Chisomo Hiwa,Dalitso Nahipa missed theirs.

After the penalty shootouts, it was confirmed that Chitipa United FC have managed to open the FDH Bank 525 Ufulu account in the quarterfinals which they failed to reach in 2021 season when they were in Superleague.

The win however impressed coach, Nathaniel Mkamanga, who attributed it to experience in his squad and hardworking spirit.

He added the game was tough as they were playing to unknown team.

Mkamanga promised to rectify weaknesses he spotted in Friday’s game and hoping to reach far.

This win for Chitipa United FC means they managed to defend the record of going through to the quarter finals of Cup games each time they play in the lower League.

Coach for Kawinga FC Harrison Bishop Saidi attributed the defeat to lack of experience in his squad but hailed his charges for the fight.

Second game in the round of 16 of FDH Bank Cup Pachema will be played on Saturday at Bingu National Stadium between Chipiku Stores Premier Division side Extreme FC and Northern Region Football Association league side Kadona Stars FC.

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