Nyasa Big Bullets Sunday displayed a splendid second half performance to book themselves a place in the round of 16 of FDH Bank Cup after beating Sable Farming 3-1 at Mulanje Park Stadium.
Their reserve side also caused one of the biggest upsets at Mpira Stadium when it knocked out Super League side Mighty Wakawaka Tigers 3-2 on post-match penalties at Mpira Stadium.
At Mulanje Park, the People’s Team had to come from behind to claim the victory against the stubborn young stars.
It was hero of the day Babatunde Adepoju, who was a thorn in Sable’s defence, when he engineered two goals before claiming the third.
Exciting Chifundo Ngapenga for Sable sent shock waves in Bullets camp 20 minutes into the first half when he pounced on a loose ball following a mix-up in Bullets defence for the rookies to take an early lead.
The disjointed Bullets in the opening stages of the game responded by pulling out ineffective Stanley Billiat for pacy and energetic Mcfarren Ngwira, who combined well with Gomezgani Chirwa on the right flank, to give The People’s Team an edge after the half-hour mark.
Sable suffered a blow 40 minutes into the match when they lost their first choice and impressive goalie Fletcher Jamali after an aerial ball collision with Ngwira.
Just as Sable thought they had defended the lead to half time break, Lanjesi Nkhoma came in the added minutes of this stanza to finish home an excellent move that Adepoju orchestrated to make it 1-1 as the teams went for recess.
Bullets seemed to have worked on their first half shortfalls when they coordinated well through Ernest Petro, Chimwemwe Idana, Adepoju and Ngwira to camp in Sable’s half but the young stars’ defence, marshalled by White Kesten, stood firm.
Adepoju did his magic again in the box and as Sable’s defence tried to clear the ball, it landed on Chirwa, who fired in a nice shot for Bullets to take the lead in the 53rd minute.
Adepoju finished his afternoon business with an excellent header 81 minutes into the match after jumping over Sable defence to put the game at 3-1.
Bullets finished the game with 10 men after defender Precious Sambani was given matching orders for a second bookable offence.
With the victory, Bullets have booked a round of 16 clash with Moyale FC, which eliminated fellow Northern Region side Ngwanje FC 2-1.
One of Bullets’ assistant coaches Heston Munthali said his team deserved the victory.
“We struggled in the first half and responded well by closing spaces which they were penetrating in,” Munthali said.
Sable interim coach Macdonald Mtetemera blamed laxity among his players.
In other matches, Karonga United progressed to round of 16 with a 2-1 win over Iponga. Ramadan Mtafu and Khumbo Msowoya scored for Karonga while Gule Mwaisope was on target for Iponga.
Moyale Barracks also advanced to the round of 16 after beating Ngwanje 2-1. Gastin Simkonda and Lloyd Njaliwa scored for the Lions of Kaning’ina while Yohane Nkhoma scored for Ngwanje.
In another match, Civil Service United also reached the round of 16 when they edged out Baka City 1-0 courtesy of Muhammad Biason’s goal.