Three Super League teams Silver Striker, TN Stars and Mafco were booted out of the FDH Bank Cup yesterday as Mighty Mukuru Wanderers sweated to beat a reserve side.
The Central Bankers lost to Dedza Dynamos 5-4 on penalties at Dedza Stadium after regulation time ended goalless.
Mafco lost to fellow military side Changalume Barracks 2-1 in Balaka while TN Stars fell to Chitipa United 1-0 in Karonga.
In Blantyre, Mighty Mukuru Wanderers survived a scare at Kamuzu Stadium to progress to the round of 16 over Kamuzu Barracks Reserves.
By the end of regulation time, they were held 2-2 by Kamuzu Barracks Reserves.
The Nomads dominated the first half in which they scored in the ninth minute through midfielder Felix Zulu.
Their strikers Vincent Nyangulu and Misheck Botomani caused a lot of problems in the visitors’ half and it paid off when Botomani scored in the 61st minute.after Vitumbiko Kumwenda pass into the six-yard box.
Kamuzu Barracks Reserves created two scoring opportunities in the first but their final kick went wide.
At the beginning of the second half, Wanderers substituted left back Francis Mlimbika and striker Muhammad Sulumba for Joseph Balakasi and Kumwenda, respectively.
It was a slow start for the Nomads that gave the visitors an advantage to keep pressing. Within 10 minutes of the second half, KBR created two scoring chances but they missed.
In the 54th minute KBR pulled one back hrough Marshal Maluwa who received a pass from Olson Kanjira.
The goal invigorated them and two minutes later Kanjira had a clear chance inside the penalty box but his shot went wide.
In the 74th minute, John Banda equalised for KBR after exchanging passes with Amon Chidawati.
The reserve side had two more chances, but they failed to score, forcing the game into a penalty shoot-out.
Wanderers scored through captain Stanley Sanudi, Vincent Nyangulu, Muhammad Sulumba and Francis Mlimbika while KBR scored through Kanjira while Jawado Shamilu and Darlington Bisika shot wide.
In a post-match interview, KBR coach Denis Kambewa sounded disappointed after his charges fought hard.
“It is a matter of time. Next time we will do better. We tried to press, but we could not use those chances,” he said.
On his part, Wanderers technical director Eddington Ng’onamo said he was not impressed with his charges performance.
“We still need to improve because our front line was not up to the standard, yet during friendly games they were able to score goals, otherwise we needed to score more goals against this reserve side,” he said.
In other matches, Airborne Rangers lost 2-1 to Ekwendeni Hammers. Brian Phiri and Mabuchi Msiska scored for Hammers while Rangers scored through Henry Mlaleya. Kamuzu Barracks beat MDF Marine 2-0 with goals coming from Zeliat Nkhoma