Friday, February 23, 2024

Power Coach Says Mighty Gave Them a Tough Time

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Power Dynamos coach Mwenya Chipepo admits Mighty Mufulira Wanderers gave them a good run for their money en route to the 2023 ABSA Cup semifinals.

The two-time ABSA Cup champions beat Mighty 1-0 on Saturday in the quarterfinals played at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.

Mighty were no pushovers at times out-passing their old foes and showing why they are they are favourites for FAZ Super League promotion from FAZ National Division 1 where they are second in the top four promotion slot.

“It was a tough game. It was not easy playing a team from Division 1,” Chipepo said.

“Wanderers are a legendary side and came prepared for this match and we expected that.”

36th minute substitute Jacob Kaunda made an instant
impact with a sweet strike from the edge of the box to score what would ultimately be Power’s ticket to the ABSA Cup semifinals.

“Our aim was to score an early goal and I am happy we did just that,” Chipepo said.

Power will face Forest Rangers in the last four during the weekend of April 8-9.

Forest also won by 1-0 after eliminating 2017 champions Green Buffaloes.

This is the first time Forest have reached the ABSA Cup semifinals in their third-ever qualification for the competition.

The semifinal lineup will be completed on Sunday when Green Eagles face FAZ National Division 1 leaders and ABSA Cup debutants Trident FC.

2013 winners Red Arrows will take on FC MUZA in the day’s last kickoff of Sunday’s doubleheader at Nkoloma.

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