By MICHAEL MIYOBA
GREEN Buffaloes and Power Dynamos progressed to the semi-finals of the K2.4 Million richer Barclays Cup tournament after beating Green Eagles and Mighty Mufulira Wanderers 1-0 and 5-4 respectively.
Green Buffaloes secured a spot in the semi-finals of the 2018 Barclays Cup tournament after edging Green Eagles 1-0 in a quarter final fixture played yesterday at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe.
Jack Chirwa’s second half goal was what the army sponsored side needed to qualify for the semifinals of Zambia’s only Cup competition.
Eagle’s goalkeeper Robert Mwanza’s mistake gifted Buffaloes a spot in the semis of Zambia’s only Cup competition following a tightly contested fixture which produces less intriguing moments.
With the match destined for penalty shootouts, Chirwa stunned Eagles with a well taken free kick which was spilt into the net by goalkeeper Robert Mwanza a few minutes before the end of the match.
Buffaloes will now meet Young Green Buffaloes in a very interesting derby between two teams sponsored by the army. Young GBFC overcame Zanaco 2-1 to set up a meeting with their seniors who are seeking their second Barclays Cup title having won their maiden Barclays title in 2015.
Meanwhile in the second fixture of the double header played at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe, Power Dynamos edged Mufulira Wanderers 5-4 on post-match penalties following a 1-1 draw.
Alex Ng’onga scored for Power Dynamos six minutes before the final whistle to cancel out John Goma’s 50th minute opener which had given Wanderers an advantage over Power Dynamos.
However Lameck Kafwaya sent Power to the semis of this year’s Barclays cup after scoring the last penalty for Power following Ronald Chibwe’s unfortunate spot kick which was saved by Power Dynamos goal keeper Jackson Kakunta.
The Kelvin Kaindu led Power Dynamos will now meet City rivals Nkana in another exiting local derby set for Arthur Davies Stadium.
Nkana walloped Zesco United 2-1 after coming from behind thanks to Congolese international, Idriss Mbombo’s brace.