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.