MTV Max Bullets have become the first TNM Super League side to be shown the exit from the 2016 Carlsberg Cup following 1-2 defeat by lower league side Zolozolo United at Mpira Stadium in Chiwembe, Blantyre on Sunday.
Under the tutelage of former Civo United coach Oscar Kaunda and playing away on the artificial turf for the first time, the Mzuzu-based side did not feel out of place to inflict pain in the top-flight league side in this round-of-32 encounter.
“As someone that coached in the elite league before, I told my players not to fear our bigger opponents because being in the Super League does not mean it is automatic that they are tactically better than us,” said Kaunda, whose team scored through Luka Chima and Ephraim Chinula.
“Whenever a Super League team plays against a lower league side, they always have pressure as they do not know the capabilities of their opponents. We capitalised on this advantage and we thank God for sending us into the last-16 stage.”
Max Bullets owner Max Kapanda said it was painful to lose against a lower league side.
“We are going through the most difficult times but we hope to rectify out problems soon,” he said.
In spite of that, other Super League sides Kamuzu Barracks (KB) and Azam Tigers showed no mercy against lower league sides Msundwe United and Cobbe Barracks last weekend. KB walloped Msundwe 7-0 while Tigers beat hosts Cobbe 2-1.
In the North, Mzuzu United beat Mchengautuwa 4-3 in post-match penalties after playing out a one-all draw in regulation time.
In other matches, Super League side Red Lions host Blantyre United at Zomba Community ground tomorrow whereas Balaka Eagles will be at home against Civo United Youth on Saturday.