Blue Eagles decorated their trophy cabinet with a silverware after beating Kamuzu Barracks 4-2 in penalty shootouts at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe in the Fisd Challenge Cup final yesterday.
The game was decided on penalties after the two teams tied one-all in open play.
Schumaker Kuwali, Gilbert Chirwa, Vitumbiko Kumwenda and Henry Minjinjo scored while Oswald Maonga shot his penalty kick over the bar.
On the other hand, Kamuzu Barracks’ Ndaona Daisi and Manase Chiyesa converted their spot kicks while Kelvin Hanganda and Chimwemwe Chisambi missed.
It was a high profile match, of Youth, Sports and Culture Francis Phiso, Malawi Defence Commander General Vincent Nundwe, senior Fisd management offials and Football Association of Malawi vice-president Jabber Alide. among others, graced by Minister
KB gave false hopes barely five minutes into the game as they could have scored through Francisco Kamdzeka, but he shot over the bar inside the box after a good pass from Manase Chiyesa.
He wasted another good opportunity inside the box, wasting a Harvey Mkacha precise pass by shooting straight into the palms of goalkeeper John Soko.
Gradually Eagles settled and started pressing through forwards wingers Kuwali, Vitumbiko Kumwenda and Foster Bintoni.
The strategy disturbed KB play as their midfield of Mkacha, Daisi, Kamdzeka was outwitted.
Eagles first close chance was in the 12th minute involving Kuwali, Steve Chagoma who dribbled past Chimwemwe Chisambi and laid a fine pass for Bintoni, but he lacked the killer punch to beat goalkeeper Bonage Luweya.
Eagles continued piling, forcing KB to concede a free-kick.
Mecium Mhone’s well taken free-kick was deflected for a goal in the 27th minute.
Eagles continued to press forward, but failed to add to their lead.
At half time it was 1-0.
KB equalised in the 67th minute through substitute Kelvin Hanganda who replaced Kamdzeka in the 49th minute.
Both teams had a chance to win the game in normal time, but squandered chances they created.
Blue Eagles coach Deklerk Msakakuona said the Fisd Challenge Cup was a perfect Christmas gift.
“We had a great season and the players gave their all. It is a perfect reward for the players. It was a tough game and very physical, but the good thing we created chances. The good thing we held on to win,” he said.
KB coach Billy Phambala bemoaned the lost chances.
“Penalties are always unpredictable and to lose its painful. We came back strong in the second half and we could have won if we had taken all our chances.