Ntopwa FC Technical Director Isaac Osman has put a blame on Football Association of Malawi(FAM) for what he called “favouritism” to Ekwendeni Hammers that led to his team exit from FDH Cup quota Finals.
Ekwendeni Hammers beat Ntopwa FC 2-0 at Mzuzu Stadium to reach Semi finals of FHD Cup curtercy of Jack Maulana and Edgar Mgagama goals.
After the match Osman conceded the defeat but was quick to point his finger at FAM for allowing Ekwendeni United to feature ineligible players.
“Yes we have lost I think it was Ekwendeni’s day. We gifted them easy goals because of lack of concentration but am happy with my team they put a garland fight despite the loss.”
“Let me also ask Football administrators to be fair, we are restricted from using our players who are Nigerians because FAM claimed that they don’t have work permits but today we have seen our opponents using two Nigerians who don’t have work permits too so I wonder if the laws were set panelise some team. Thats favouritism and it kills our football,” he said.
Ekwendeni Hammers featured two foreigners in the game, Ghanaian striker Michael Tete was introduced from the bench together with Nigerian Edger Mgagama who scored the last goal for the Hammers.
Osman further questioned the criteria FAM is using to set venues for matches saying his team has been playing away since their first game of the competition.
Elsewhere, Rumphi United has mauled Dedza Young Soccer 4-1 to reach Semi finals.
The encounter at Dedza Stadium saw the game ending goalless in the first half but the visitors blocked the deadlock at 52nd minute through Foster Kanyenda before former Flames Under17 star Festus Chikwezga doubled the lead two minutes later.
Trouble Kajani made it 3-0 on 63rd minute, before Dedza Young Soccer pulled one back through Enerst Mdapeza on 68th minute. And it was Gerald Ngwira who completed the massacre of Dedza Young Soccer with just 13 minutes to wind up the match.
By Erik Chiputula