Griffin Stars pluck Wanderers Youth out of title defence

Griffin Young Stars plucked Wanderers Youth out of the Southern Region Under-20 Presidential Championships title defence on Saturday with a 3-0 thrashing in this year’s regional quarter-finals played at Chiwembe ground in Blantyre.

The first-half ended goalless, but Marion Chimalizeni’s brace and a goal from Ronald Kunsanja after the break killed off the steam in the defending champions who were hoping for a successive title.

“I should admit my boys did not play as a team. We were outplayed in all departments, especially, in the second-half. I think overconfidence is what has killed us today,” said Wanderers Youth coach Albert ‘Kika’ Mpinganjira after the game.

“We are out of the Presidential race. We just have to concentrate on improving our performance in the FMB Under-20 League where we currently hold fourth position with a game in hand.”

On the other hand, Stars trainer Griffin Saenda Jnr marvelled at the possibility of reli ving their 2010 glory when they grabbed the inaugural Presidential regional title.

“It was a painful experience last year when we finished as semi-finalists instead of defending our 2010 title.

“Wanderers Youth were a big threat to our return to glory. Now, that we have outsmarted them, we believe we are on our way to winning the title again,” said Saenda.

In another Under-20 Presidential quarter-final at Chiwembe, Sporting Leopards beat Kalibu Academy 3-1.

According to Southern Region Youth Football Committee (SRYFC) general secretary Patrick Kulemeka, the other quarter-final match between Kawele Stars and Black Stars will take place this weekend at Chiwembe ground.

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