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Arrows dream of a double alive as they beat Eagles to reach the ABSA Cup final

Red Arrows have booked a place in the final of the 2022 ABSA following an emphatic 2-0 win over Green Eagles.

The Airmen came into the match looking to reach their second final while Eagles were hoping to reach their first ever final in the competition.

Arrows started strong with Alassane Diarra, Fred Soutra Tshimenga and Yussuf Saddam Phiri combining well.

The pressure paid off in the eighth minute as Diarra beat the off side trap before beating Kenneth Mwaanga in the Green Eagles’ goal.

The Kawale Boys reorganized quickly and it was end to end stuff.

Hosea Silwimba forced Charles Kalumba into two saves shortly after the hour mark.

Ricky Banda had a chance to double the lead when he was put through on goal in the 37th minute but he shot his effort direct at Mwaanga. Diarra had a chance to grab his double with the rebound but Mwaanga dealt with his effort easily.

The match went to the break with Chisi Mbewe’s men firmly in the lead, 1-0.

Alassane Diarra celebrates his goal with his teammate Yusuf Saddam Phiri

In the second half, both teams made changes and it was still an evenly contested affair with end to end action.

Substitute Edward Tembo sealed the win for Arrows with a cracker in the 85th minute.

The Airmen held on to win the match 2-0 and book a place in the final to keep their dream of a league and cup double alive.

Arrows will face 2012 Champions, NAPSA Stars in the final on the 16th of April.

Susu Mukabanga of Green Eagles is man of the match and gets the K15,000 award.

The winner of this year’s competition will pocket K650,000 while this year’s runner-up will pocket K300,000. The Player and Coach of the Tournament will each receive K25,000.

2022 Absa Cup Semi-Final 2

FULL-TIME: Green Eagles 0-2 Red Arrows

(Allasane Diarra 8’, Edward Tembo 85’)

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