Blantyre-based TNM Super League outfit Azam Tigers are in Carlsberg Cup quarter-final after a 2-0 victory over Northern Region Premier League side Mchengautuwa United at Mzuzu Stadium.
But the Mzuzu-based lower league outfit was not a walkover as it managed to hold Tigers in the first-half.
In the second-half, experience proved vital for Tigers as Peter Kasonga utilised Mchengautuwa defence’s blunder and netted the first goal after connecting a cross from Luke Chima in the 55th minute.
Striker Chima scored the second goal for Tigers in the 78th minute.
He unleashed a thunderous shot after pouncing on a through ball, beating Mchengautuwa goalkeeper Patrick Minga.
Mchengaautuwa nearly got a consolation but striker Joel Jere failed to beat Tigers ‘keeper Christopher Mikuwa after dribbling past two defenders.
Tigers coach Chancy Nsema said in a post-match interview that it was a tough game.
“Mchengautuwa are a good side. They gave us a good run, particularly in the first-half. They lost the plot in the second-half,” he said.
Mchengautuwa technical director Daniel Kilembe decried failure to utilise the scoring chances they created in the first-half.
“We played well, only that we lost concentration in the second-half. We have learnt a lot. Next time we will do better,” he said.