Be Forward Wanderers reached the quarter-finals of the Fisd Challenge Cup after beating non-league side Dwangwa Town Hammers 3-0 yesterday at Chitowe Stadium in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota.
Defender Bongani Kaipa scored the first goal for the Lali Lubani Road outfit in the 40th minute.
However, the hosts were reduced to a man down as goalkeeper Zinenani Banda was given marching orders for hitting veteran striker Esau Kanyenda in an off-ball incident after conceding a goal.
Zicco Mkanda, who substituted Peter Wadabwa, secured Wanderers a quarterfinals berth with two goals in the second half for the team to win.
He scored Wanderers’ second in the 72nd minute and his team’s third in the 85th minute.
Dwangwa Town Hammers coach Kelvin Macheso blamed the loss on the dismissal of their goalkeeper.
“We played under an intimidating atmosphere because Wanderers stewards assaulted one of our officials,” he said.
“Our goalkeeper also let us down when he displayed non-sportsmanship behaviour to be red-carded. We can’t blame the referee for that.”
Wanderers team manager Steve Madeira said it was a tough match.
“It was a tough match and we salute our boys for their hard work, especially in the second half,” he said.
Wanderers, who thrashed Masters Security 4-0 in the round of 32, have joined Airborne Rangers, Moyale Barracks, Silver Strikers, Chitipa United, Blue Eagles and Kamuzu Barracks.
Winners of the match between Nyasa Bullets and Mzamani FC will this Saturday complete the quarter-finals list.