By Isaac Salima:
Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Mukuru Wanderers have completed quarterfinal spots in the FDH Bank Cup after victories over Moyale Barracks and Dedza Dynamos Salima Sugar, respectively, Sunday.
Bullets needed penalties to progress in the competition after a dramatic 4-4 draw in regulation time at Kamuzu Stadium while the Nomads trounced the much fancied Dedza 3-0 at Dedza Stadium.
At Dedza, the Nomads defied all odds when Yamikani Chester, Alfred Manyozo and Vincent Nyangulu scored to eliminate giant killers Dedza.
But their rivals were not their usual self after they twice gave away the lead to concede unfamiliar four goals in an eight-goal thriller on a relatively sunny afternoon in Blantyre.
Both teams went for recess with The People’s Team leading 3-2 through goals from Lanjesi Nkhoma, Patrick Mwaungulu and Precious Sambani while the soldiers replied through Gastin Simkonda and Lloyd Njaliwa.
More goals, more blunders and less action were the main highlights of the match as Bullets, who welcomed back goalkeeper Rabson Chiyenda and defender John Lanjesi, had glaring goalkeeping and defensive errors which nearly cost them the match.
The combination of Lanjesi and Haji Wali in the team’s central defence proved less effective as it could not contain the lethal striking force of Simkonda and Njaliwa.
Moyale’s Njaliwa, Lesmin Singini and Bullets’ Babatunde Adepoju scored in the second half of the match to take it into the dreadful penalties.
Hassan Kajoke, Lanjesi, Chimwemwe Idana, and Adepoju converted Bullets’ spot kicks whereas Yamikani Fodya missed his.
Simkonda and Black Alisen scored while Raphael Phiri and Brown Magaga missed for the soldiers to kiss goodbye to the competition.
Moyale Coach Prichard Mwansa hailed his charges for a spirited performance.
“We displayed a gallant fight to come back into the match but you know penalties are unpredictable,” Mwansa.
Bullets Assistant Coach Peter Mponda said they need to work on some of the shortfalls noticed in the match.
“We played well but when all is going on well for you sometimes complacency creeps in and that is what happened to us when we conceded those goals. We will need to work on that,” Mponda said.