Forget about fluids, ginger, water and all that stuff. Kamuzu Barracks (KB) yesterday proved to be the right cure for hangover.
The Lilongwe-based Malawi Defence Force (MDF) outfit yesterday clobbered giant-killers Hangover FC 4-1 at Mpira Stadium in Chiwembe Township, Blantyre to set up a fourth edition final for the Fisd Challenge Cup against Blue Eagles who thumped Silver Strikers 4-0 on Saturday.
It will be the military side’s third appearance in the final, having lost to Be Forward Wanderers in the inaugural edition in 2016 before winning the second edition.
KB got it over and done with by half-time as they led 4-1 and there were no goals in the second half.
Fransisco Kamdzeka drew first blood in the 10th minute when he capitalised on Hangover’s defensive lapse to slot the ball into the net.
The soldiers doubled their lead seven minutes later when gangly forward Nation Harazi swung up-field to plant home a Chimwemwe Chisambi corner-kick.
Kamdzeka then claimed his brace in the 31st minute with a wonderful strike just from outside the box to take his tally to five. He is now the competition’s leading scorer.
Harvey Nkacha struck the fourth in the 39th minute with a chip just outside the 18-yard box.
And barely seconds later, as KB celebrated the goal, Hangover caught their opponents off-guard when they quickly started play to score their face saver through Brighton Gomani’s long-range effort.
Hangover, who were the only side from the lower league to reach this far, came with renewed purpose in the second half as they forced KB into rearguard action, but it was too little too late.
The ThumbsUp Southern Region Football League Premier Division side’s coach Mcdonald Yobe blamed the loss on complacency.
“We got into the game underrating our opponents. In the second half, we were a far much better side, but the damage had already been done.
“However, it was a good feeling to play in the semis. A lot of lessons have been drawn from this match. Congratulations to KB,” he said.
On his part, KB assistant coach Temwa Msuku was all smiles, saying: “Credit should go to the boys for playing to instructions. Hangover gave us a good game.
“We are meeting Eagles who are on fire and we really need to work hard in our preparations.”
Wanderers, who were booted out by Hangover in the quarter-finals, are the holders of the cup.