Ekwendeni Hammers sniff FDH Cup money

FDH Bank Cup

They may have been regarded as underdogs, being their first appearance in the country's top flight league, but Ekwendeni Hammers has proved otherwise being the first team to sniff FDH Bank Cup money setting their foot into the finals.

On Saturday, Ekwendeni hammered their fellow northern region side, Rumphi United 3-2 through post-match penalties at Karonga Stadium in the first semi-final match.

The game ended in a goalless draw at the blow of the final whistle in the regulation time.

Rumphi was the only team from the regional leagues remaining in the competition. 

As it stands, Ekwendeni awaits the winner between Silver Strikers and Mighty Wanderers to clash in the final match set for September 25.

Both Ekwendeni and Rumphi had mixed fortunes in their penalty shootouts.

Chawanangwa Gumbo, Emmanuel Kaunga, and Jack Maulana missed their shots, while Chancy Kaunga, Wongani Lungu and Michael Tetteh scored for Hammers.

Rumphi United missed four through Waliko Chaula, Alick Hara, Mwiza Mgala, and Zikani Mponda, as they only managed to score through Trouble Kajani, and Gerald Ngwira.

In post-match interviews, Rumphi coach, Jimmy Butawo conceded defeat.

"My boys didn't play according to the instructions, no wonder we failed to finish them off in the regulation time. Penalties can go either side, we congratulate our friends," he said.

Etson Kadenge Mwafulirwa, Ekwendeni Hammers coach said all is not over, before complaining about poor officiation.

"We were denied three clear goals, we don't understand which law do the referees use. Otherwise we are happy we progressed. This is year as I always say, we are here to enjoy. So we expect nothing but the best in the finals so we can enjoy," he said.

As semifinalists, Rumphi United will take home K2 million as per the sponsor's word, FDH Bank. 

The big one now remains with the Bankers and Wanderers, Watsalawatsala!

Ekwendeni are just inches near K25 million which the champions will take home.




Photo credit: George Simbeye, Karonga