Hangover FC stand proudly as the only lower league side still in contention for the Fisd Challenge Cup.
The Thumbs Up Southern Region Football Association Premier League outfit yesterday qualified for the quarter-finals after booting out TNM Super League side Mighty Tigers 3-2 on post-match penalties.
At regulation time it was goalless at Mpira Stadium in Chiwembe Township, Blantyre.
Civil Sporting Club were also added to the list of casualties after going down 4-3 to Savenda Chitipa United in an all TNM Super League clubs affair also on post-match penalties after settling for a one-all in regulation time at Karonga Stadium.
Hangover converted their penalties through Brighton Gomani, Njeka Dyton and Frank Nedi while Robert Khwiliro and Akanakimana Willy’s spotkicks were saved.
On the other hand, Tigers scored through Bonda Mpinganjira and Edwin Carlos while Matias Nyirenda and Blessings Phiri’s spotkicks were kept out by Hangover’s goalkeeper. Frank Chikufenji’s penalty hit the cross bar.
Hangover coach MacDonald Yobe said they feel proud to be the only team from the second-tier league to qualify for the quarter-finals.
“Credit should go to the boys, they gave their all,” he said.
Hangover will now face defending champions Be Forward Wanderers.
“We have a lot of homework if we are to beat Wanderers. But it is possible and I believe in my boys,” said Yobe.
His Tigers counterpart Gerald Phiri conceded defeat, saying they did not play well.
“We were out of sorts today. So, maybe it is a blessing in disguise that we should concentrate on the league in which we are also struggling,” he said. Chitipa will face winners between Kamuzu Barracks and Ntopwa FC.