Civo United has become the first team to reach the Finals of Standard Bank Cup after beating Big Bullets FC 2-1 at Kamuzu Stadium courtesy of Rafael Phiri ‘s second half brace.
The game started at low tempo as both teams failed to keep there feet in the game as both teams produced probably the lackluster display inside the opening five minutes, however it was Civo united that had the first chance just 10 minutes into the second half as Isaac Msyisha tested BB ‘s goal custodian Chimwemwe Kunkwawa but he was equal to the task.
Civo united led by Gerard Mkungula and his co continued to press for an early goal but the visitors were unable to maneuver the sloppy defence of the people’s team. The first chance for the hosts came on the 12th minute when the ever present Chiukepo Msowoya failed to direct Zonda ‘s cross into the visitors net as his header went wide.
Finally BB fans were on top of the world after they got what they needed, Chiukepo rose high to meet Dalitso Sailesi ‘s well taken cross after some neat exchanges of passes with Jelesi Lufeyo to put BB in front.
Chiukepo’s goal didn’t frustrate Civo though, as they started push forward to force for an equalizer and they nearly got the goal as Charles Chilembo’s strike was cleared on the goal line by Yamikani Fodya. Civo continued to dominate BB but they went to half time one nil down.
Both teams started the second half with some changes, BB brought in Eneya Banda for Henry Kabutchi while Civo introduced Thoko Harrison for injured Mkungula.
Nevertheless, Harrison out played Eneya Banda as he made an immediate impact as his team finally leveled the affairs from Zoya ‘s well taken free kick which landed on Rafael Phiri ‘s head who made no mistake but putting the ball behind BB net.
The goal gave the visitors to take full control of the game pressuring Bullets from left and right and no wonder the visitors took a lead in the 68th minute.
The spear head of the day did it again, a ball from wyson mkana found Rafael Phiri and the former Karonga united hit man sneaked between BB ‘s two defenders and chipped the ball over Kunkwawa to punish the gitterly Bullets.
BB though, had chances to take the game to penalties but Civo goal keeper made a late excellent save to thwart Chiukepo’s second goal.
BB ‘s technical director Billy Tewetsa blamed in house wrangles as the main factor that contributed to the loss.
“We had alot of problems” he stressed “initially we planned to start our preparations last week, instead we started our preparations on Monday because our players were boycotting training,” he said.
Civo united Coach Oscar Kaunda hailed his team’s performance.
“I had much trust in my boys and they assured me that they will do the job,” he said.
Meanwhile Civo united will now face the winner between Mighty Be Forward Wanderers and Blue eagles, a game slated to be played on Saturday at Civo stadium in Lilongwe.