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Big Bullets clash out of Airtel Cup

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Wanted: ‘Nyasa Big Bullets need a serial scorer urgently.

‘Experience in scoring is a must and so is the ability to play under pressure exerted by very demanding fans from volatile areas such as Ndirande Township in Blantyre.’

At the rate which Bullets are failing to locate the net in daylight, placing an advert, such as the imaginary one above in newspapers, would not be totally a bad idea.

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Without a goal in 360 minutes and out of the inaugural Airtel Top 8 Cup, Bullets’ season went from bad to worse Sunday.

Bullets crashed out of the cup after a goal-less draw to make it 1-0 on aggregate against Silver Strikers at Mulanje Park Stadium.

Surely, Bullets fans deserved better in this tourists’ destination.

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During the second leg of the quarter-final, things went sour for Bullets as their Coach, Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan, was also red-carded after heated exchanges with the officiating personnel.

In reaction, Ramadhan slammed the organisers of the cup (Football Association of Malawi) and the referee (Mischeck Juba from Mzuzu) for, what he felt, was poor organisation and officiation.

“It seems we were playing against 13 players. It hurts to lose. It seems some people come with results from their homes. And who ever organises these matches, you cannot play a game like this without First Aid and an ambulance,” he told the media in a post-match interview.

“I do not know the level of this referee. This referee is supposed to go to the lower division. The whole organisation tried to steal the morale of my team.”

Despite faulting the referee, the fact is that Bullets, since the departure of Chiukepo Msowoya to South Africa’s Golden Arrows, have been so blunt upfront that they cannot even shoot down a fly.

Having tried and failed with the combination of strikers Muhammad Sulumba-Mussa Manyenje, Sulumba- Bright Munthali, Sulumba-Diverson Mlozi, Ramadhan featured Munthali and Collen Nkhulambe yesterday.

Still, Bullets could not score against a very solid Silver side that should have also netted through Matthew Sibale who blasted over. In fact, Silver had a goal ruled out for off-side.

Silver Coach, Lovemore Fazili, and Technical Director, Young Chimodzi, attributed their progression to a sound game-plan that stifled Bullets.

Silver date Kamuzu Barracks in the semi-final whereas Be Forward Wanderers meet Moyale Barracks. Some K15 million is at stake in the cup which winds up on June 3.

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