Bullets teams Sail through in FDH Bank Cup round of 16


Nyasa Big Bullets main and Reserve teams have climbed through the next round of the FDH Bank after beating Sable Farming and Mighty Tigers on Sunday respectively.

At Mulanje Park Stadium, 10-man Nyasa Big Bullets Football Club came from behind to whack Sable Farming by three goals to one.

Chifundo Ngapemba cracked the deadlock after 20 as Bullets defence got paralysed after failing to clear the ball in the penalty area.

Lanjesi Nkhoma levelled the matter before the break as he dabbed in Babatunde Adepoju’s sexy pass from the right flank.

In the second half, Gomezgani Chirwa put the People’s in front in the 53rd minute as he reacted on Babatunde Adepoju’s parred shot. Babatunde Adepoju was thick as he took a heavy shot from distant that was flickering and Christopher Mikuwa saved it.

Babatunde Adepoju registered hi name on the scoresheet as he connected McFarren Mgwira’s Cross from the right flank with a header to put the game far away from the Chiradzulu-based farmers.

In absence of Kalisto Pasuwa who is in his homeland, Zimbabwe, Peter Mponda headed panel made an early change as they were trailing by a goal to nill by introducing McFarren Mgwira for the Youngster, Stanley Billiati in the 35th minute.

Immediately after his introduction, McFarren Mgwira collided with Sable’s goalkeeper, Fletcher Jamali an incident that forced Mcdonald Mtetemera to make a change by throwing in former Mighty Tigers goalminder, Christopher Mikuwa in the 40th minute.

Babatunde Adepoju came close to register his name just after 5 minutes in the second half but his volley flew over the bar.

Sable Farming while trailing by 2 goals to one, they introduced Emmanuel Lino, innocent Chipolopolo, and Humphreys Chimwaza for Semion Singa, Christopher Gototo and Stain Patrick to add their attacking depth.

Nyasa Big Bullets brought in Patrick Mwaungulu, Hassan Kajoke, for Ernest Petro and Babatunde Adepoju respectively.

On his return to the Starting Xi, Nyasa Big Bullets Centre Half, Nixon Nyasulu was sent off after accumulating his second yellow card of the day.

In the post match interviews, Sable Farming Head Coach, McDonald Mtetemera said silly mistakes costed them a game that they would win.

“It wasn’t a tough game but our opponents used their chances. It happens in football to lead and lose the game. There were just silly mistakes at the back but we played well. We working on that. ” Mtetemera

His counterpart, Heston Munthali, deputy assistant coach for Bullets was happy with the win.

“It was a tough game and we knew it because we played them last fortnight ago and experience has helped us to beat them.

“We utilised their sides where they were very weak and that’s why we have scored three l goals,” said Munthali.

Nyasa Big Bullets will face Moyale Barracks in the round of 16 who beat Ngwanje FC by two goals to one at Mzuzu Stadium today.

Ngwanje were the first team to strike through Yohane Nkhoma in the 63rd minute but goals from 2014 TNM Super League Golden Boot winner, Gasten Simkonda and Lloyd Njaliwa saw Moyale Barracks sailing through the next round.

At Mpira Stadium in Blantyre, Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve booted out Super League giants, Mighty Waka Waka Tigers on penalties after a goalless draw in the regulation time.

Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve goalkeeper, Rahaman John saved three penalties to deny the Kanjedza-based boys a slot in the Round of 16 of the FDH Bank Cup.

Last season, Tigers were booted out of the competition by Nyasa Big Bullets in the round of 32.

The Junior Peoples team will take on Red Lions in the round of 16 who beat their neighbours, Zomba Airbase by three goals to one at Balaka Stadium.

Humphreys Minandi, Moses Namkumba and Royal Bokosi were on target for the Red Lions while Willard Luganga scored a consolation goal for Thumps Up Premier league side.

Elsewhere, at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe, the hosts Civil Service United were the 1-0 victorious over the Northern Region based team, Baka City. Muhammad Biason scored the goal.

In Karonga, Karonga United came from one down to claim a 2-1 win over Iponga FC. Iponga stroke first through Gule Mwaisope but the Crocodiles levelled through Ramadan Ntafu from the spot before finding the winner through Khumbo Msowoya.

So far, 15 teams have booked their slots in the Round of 16. Blue Eagles will face Rumphi United and the winner will complete the set of teams.

Dedza Dynamos, Nyasa Big Bullets FC, Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve, Mighty Wanderers, Karonga United, Moyale Barracks, Red Lions, Extreme FC, Elwendeni Hammers, Civil Service United, Kamuzu Barracks, Kawinga FC, Changalume Barracks, Kadona Stars, and Chitipa United are the team’s that have their places secured in round of 16.

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