Last battles for Airtel Top 8 semis

  • May 14, 2019
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Four teams will this afternoon battle for the Airtel Top 8 two remaining semifinal slot as Silver Strikers host Be Forward Wanderers while Masters Security faces Kamuzu Barracks (KB).

Wanderers and Silver in action in the first leg

Karonga United and Mzuni FC shocked TN Stars and Civil Sporting Club respectively to reach the semis.

Silver take the battle against Nomads to their home turf, Silver Stadium, with a 0-1 first leg lead.

A draw will take the bankers through while Wanderers will need, at least, a 2-1 victory to seal a place.

The Nomads are refusing to surrender just yet and their team manager Steve Madeira is optimistic they can cause an upset.

“We have the habit of proving doubters wrong,” he said.

Silver and Wanderers have over the years been typical rivals having tussled in two finals recently.

The bankers triumphed in the Airtel Top 8 final two seasons ago while the Nomads got their revenge in the FISD Cup final last season at Bingu National Stadium.

From a past of unpredictability, Silver’s assistant coach Peter Mgangira knows that that the match could swing to any side.

“We will not relax at all. We are not going into the match with a mentality that we won the first game. In any match, anything can happen,” he said.

At Dedza Stadium, Masters will be hoping to overcome a 2-1 deficit they suffered away to KB.

Masters coach Abbas Makawa was hoping that the away goal will play a major miracle in their push for progression.

“The most important thing is that we scored a goal. We will just fight hard not to concede and try to score goals. I am hopeful that we will go through,” he said.

In Masters, KB knows, they will not meet an ordinary side. These are the reigning Carlsberg Cup champions. It was no coincidence therefore that the army side had to come from behind to claim the first leg victory.

Kamuzu Barracks coach Billy Phambala admitted that they will have to up their ante if they are to escape unscathed.

“They are a good side and they always try to have monopoly over the ball. We have been working hard to invest strategies that can stop them,” he said.

The Airtel Top 8 winner will take home K15 million while the runners-up will get K5 million.

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