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3 Malawians still in Champions League

FEATURED FOR SONGO—Frank Banda

Nyasa Big Bullets were 10 minutes away from booking a potentially tantalising Caf Champions League date with UD Songo, a team comprising three Malawians.

The trio of goalkeeper Charles Swini and midfielders John and Frank Banda progressed in the competition on away goals rule after a 1-1 stalemate with Tanzania’s Simba SC.

If Bullets had held on to a 2-2 draw with FC Platinum in Zimbabwe on Saturday, they could have met with the Mozambicans in the first round.

Unfortunately, Bullets conceded late and lost 3-2 in the preliminary round second leg match at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo. Now it is Platinum who date Songo in the next stage.

To qualify for the first round, Songo did what Bullets failed to and what they need to master at this stage—knowing how to play on the road.

Songo failed to use home-ground advantage when they hosted Tanzanian champions Simba in the first leg that ended goalless in Beira.

However, Songo, featuring the Banda brothers, forced the draw in Dar-es- Salaam on Sunday to sail through.

In an interview after the match, John said he was excited to have sailed through.

“We are through. We scored first [through Louis Miquissonne] and they scored late in the game through a penalty,” the former Silver Strikers player said.

In South Africa, Gabadinho Mhango was in Orlando Pirates’ starting line-up as they drew 1-1 with Green Eagles of Zambia to bow out of the competition following a 1-0 first leg loss in Kitwe.

It was a week to forget for Malawi as Masters also exited the Caf Confederation Cup after a 0-0 draw with Uganda’s Proline FC on Saturday and, with it, a 3-0 loss on aggregate.

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