Malawian players are in the thick of things of the Mozambique pre-season Top-Eight Cup semi-finals following successful quarter-final games at the weekend.
Goalkeeper Simplex Nthala manned Maxaquene’s goalposts when playing out a 2-2 draw with Ferroviaro de Maputo who are employers to compatriots ‘keeper Dave Mphaya and Sankhani Nyirenda.
Nyirenda did not play Saturday’s game as he was reportedly serving a red-card suspension while Mphaya was on the bench at Maxaquene ground, according to Nthala.
Maxaquene made it to the last eight on a better aggregate over two legs and date in the semi-final, this coming weekend, Costa do Sol who are home to other Malawians Chiukepo Msowoya, Moses Chavula and Chimango Kayira.
The Mozambique league season kicks off on March 18.
In South Africa, Harry Nyirenda played for Black Leopards on Sunday when losing 1-0 to Knowledge Musona-inspired Kaizer Chiefs in a Nedbank Cup last 16 match at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
But there was no luck for Kinnah Phiri’s Free State Stars who lost 1-0 to lower league side Witbank Spurs on Saturday to become the only Premiership side dumped out of Nedbank.
Robert Ng’ambi led Platinum Stars to a 3-1 thumping of minnows Great North FC on Saturday, but Atusaye Nyondo did no feature in University of Pretoria 1-0 defeat by SuperSport United.
On the same day, in-form Esau Kanyenda failed to save Polokwane City crumbling by a similar margin to Golden Arrows. Peter Wadabwa did not feature for Arrows who won through a Bongi Ntuli strike, but Robin Ngalande returned to help BidVest Wits University beat AmaBEE FC 2-0.