Bullets, Wanderers escape each other in FDH Bank Cup Quarterfinal

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…….One regional team to reach semifinals

The two Blantyre based giants , Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers have escaped each other in the Quarterfinals of the FDH Bank Cup revealed after the draw that has been conducted on Wednesday, in Blantyre.

The draw gives the tnm Super League champions, Nyasa Big Bullets a fair draw as they are facing the Northern Region based team, Chitipa United who play in the Simso Premier League.

Nyasa Big Bullets who were booted out of the Competition in Quarterfinals last season on penalties by the eventual winners, Silver Strikers will play away from home but the venue is yet to be known.

Bullets had to settle for penalties to book a place in the quarterfinals after a thrilling encounter againstMoyale Barracks at Kamuzu Stadium.

The People’s played a 4-all draw and Richard Chimbamba came off the bench yo save two penalties and take his team to this phase.

On the other hand, Chitipa United who were relegated from Super League last season to Regional League, booted out Mchinji based side, Kawinga FC on penalties after a 1-all draw in regulation time.

Mighty Wanderers will face their fellow Super League giants, Kamuzu Barracks in another fiercely contested match and the Lali Luban based team will be away from home too.

Wanderers were booted by Silver Strikers in the semifinals of the competition last season after a 3-1 defeat at Bingu National Stadium.

To reach this stage, the Nomads had to define against all odds to beat the highly rated Dedza Dynamos Salima Sugar FC at Dedza Stadium by 3 goals to nill in Alex Ngwira’s first game as in-charge of the team after replacing Eddington Ng’onamo.

Kamuzu Barracks on the other hand beat Civil Service United by a goal to nill to cement their place in the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, at least one regional team will have a place in the semifinals of prestigious Cup after Changalume Barracks and Extreme FC have been paired together.

To book the place in this phase, Extreme FC beat Kadona Stars by a goal to nill courtesy of Beston Jimu’s 26th minute strike while Changalume Barracks booted out Super League side, Karonga United.

The Super League second placed Blue Eagles are facing a tricky fixture in this phase as they have been drawn against Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve.

It might appear like a simple game on paper for the Cops, but to reach this far, Enos Chatama sent out two Super League giants, Mighty Waka Waka Tigers and Red Lions and they have a highly rated coach with experience.

Blue Eagles settled for a late strike from Paul Master to book their place in the quarterfinals after beating Ekwendeni Hammers by 2 goals to 1.

The two teams face each other in the Fisd Challenge Cup on November 4, 2028. Blue Eagles had to wait for the added time to find the equaliser and take the match to the post match penalties.

Hassan Kajoke had put the junior people’s team in front in the 21st minute but Stuart Mbunge Cancelled it in the 93rd minute. Blue Eagles won 7-6 on penalties.

However, after escaping from each other in the Quarterfinals, Bullets and Wanderers Mighty face each other in the semifinals should they emerge victorious in their respective games.

In the two previous Cup semifinals games that the two met, Bullets were emerging yhe winners.

In 2018, they faced each other in the semifinals of the then-inuaguaral Airtel Top 8 and Bullets hammered Noma by two goals to nill and Bullets also hammered Wanderers by 4 goals to one last season the same phase, same tournament.

Here is the full draw

FDH Bank Quarter Finals

  • Changalume Barracks vs Extreme FC
    -Nyasa Big Bullets Reserves vs Blue Eagles
    -Mighty Mukuru Wanderers vs Kamuzu Barracks
    -Chitipa United vs Nyasa Big Bullets

Semifinals
-Nyasa BB Rsv/Blue Eagles vs Changalume/Extreme Fc/
-Chitipa/Nyasa Big Bullets Vs Mighty Mukuru Wanderers/Kamuzu Barracks

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