G. Buffaloes eliminates Nkana, to play Red Arrows in Barclays Semi Finals

Green Buffaloes and Nkana locked horns in the third quarter final of the Barclays Cup played at Nkoloma Stadium on Sunday and it is the former who emerged victorious via a 2 -1 win to set up a semi-final contest against Red Arrows.

Buffaloes scored their goals through Allan Mukuka and Stephen Kabamba while Nkana’s goal was scored by Festus Mbewe. Nkana had Donashano sent off in the 79th minute for a violent challenge on Allan Mukuka.

The opening exchanges of the match were characterised by free flowing football but there were few chances on goal until Snoden Kalenga found a pass to Sebastian Mwansa who provided the assist for Mukuka to finish from inside the box on 32 minutes.

Sebastian Mwansa was involved again eight minutes later when he won the free kick off Billy Mwanza on the edge of the box. Buffaloes increased their advantage from the resultant free kick with Kabamba’s driven effort hitting the roof of the net before Makasa Mufwaya in goal for Nkana could react.

Nkana started the second half brightly as they created more chances but for Davy Kaumbwa who kept out efforts from inside the box by Jimmy Ndhlovu and Ronald Kampamba in the 48th and 51st minutes respectively.

There after chances in front of goal dried out for both sides until Mbewe got his free header on target beating Kaumbwa in stoppage time. Green Buffaloes coach Patrick Phiri told fazfootball.com in a post-match interview that the his aim was to win the cup.

“The aim for us is to win the cup; it will be a very good achievement for us. It is a prestigious cup so we are looking forward to winning it,” Phiri said And Nkana Coach Masautso Mwale said he was disappointed with the result and that perhaps his team might have under-rated Buffaloes.

“We were thinking that we will go through (to the sem-finals) but this is football it it does not work to our expectations. Overall, I think my boys played well but we missed a lot of chances and allowed in lame goals,” said Mwale. / Courtesy of FAZ