Dedza, Masters Security Football Club (FC) has progressed to semi-finals of the Airtel Top 8 after beating Kamuzu Barracks (KB) FC 1-0.
A lone goal from former Mighty Be forward Wanderers player, Cutherbert Sineta, was enough to send them through in a match which was patronised by a few supporters at Dedza Stadium on Sunday.
The forward combination of Zeliati Nkhoma and Mussa Manyenje of Masters Security tormented KB defenders throughout the first half with Manyenje missing a sitter after he had been sent through by Nkhoma in the 34th minute.
The game was characterised by high balls which was made even worse by the bumpy surface at Dedza Stadium and the first half ended goalless.
After 58 minutes, Amadu Makawa whipped in a cross into the box of KB which was defended poorly and the ball landed on the feet of Cuthbert Sineta who smashed it into the back of the net.
The goal brought the game to a halt as KB players rushed to the linesman protesting the goal, saying it was scored from an offside position. But after consulting with the linesman, the referee maintained that it was a goal.
Sineta almost scored a brace in the 84th minute but his goal was ruled out for offside.When the referee blew the whitsle at full time, the game ended 1-0 and Masters qualified for the semifinals as the game ended with an aggregate of 2-2 Masters going through, thanks to an away goal they scored in the first leg at Civo Stadium.
However, there were ugly scenes at the end of the match as KB supporters invaded the pitch and started beating the linesman who was later rescued by the police.
Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) after the match, Masters Security Head Coach, Abbas Makawa said the match was officiated professionally.
KB won the first game because they were threatening the referees but this time around, we asked Football Association of Malawi to provide us with good referees and today we saw matured officiation which made us play a good game that is why we won the game, he said.
Ironically, his counterpart, Billy Phambala who is head coach for KB, tore apart the officiating personnel.
Today officiation was very poor. It is obvious they scored the first goal from an offside position and it is things like this that tarnish the image of football in the country. The best team has not won today but they were aided by the referee.
Cuthebert Sineta was chosen as man of the match and he went home with K50, 000.
This means Masters Security will meet Silver Strikers FC whilst Karonga United will take on Mzuni FC in the other semi-final match.
Source: MANA Online