Nchanga Rangers advanced to the Barclays Cup semifinals after a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Zanaco.
Two penalties in regulation time and another four in the post-match shoot-out settled this quarterfinal contest at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on September 14.
And Nchanga had goalkeeper Foster Nsabata to thank after saving two post-match penalties to see them win 3-1 after the game had finished 1-1 at fulltime. Meanwhile, the game started on a promising note for Zanaco in regulation time after Moses Phiri put them ahead in the 51st minute.
However, Zanaco were later reduced to ten men after Stephen Phiri was sent off by referee Jan Sikazwe for simulation and faking an injury.
Nchanga’s lifeline in the competition also came from the spot in the 90th minute when midfielder Patrick Kasunga sent Zanaco goalkeeper Racha Kola the wrong way before the game was settled via spot kicks of which one was converted by their saviour.
Meanwhile in the earlier kickoff, Red Arrows beat National Assembly inside the distance to win 3-1 to join Nchanga in the last four.
Arrows secured their passage thanks to goals from Shadreck Malambo and Lubinda Mundia in the 26th and 42nd minutes respectively to give them a 2-0 halftime lead.
Assembly pulled one back through substitute Evans Mwanza in the 79th minute but Patrick Musonda put the result beyond doubt with his sides third in the 90th minute.
The final two Barclays Cup semifinal slots will be settled on Sunday at the same venue when Nkana face Green Buffaloes and Choma Eagles take on record three-time winners Zesco United.