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A bare hands goalkeeper and a stunning goal was all that Sable Farming showcased as they bid farewell to the Presidential Cup after a 5-1 drubbing by Nyasa Big Bullets at Kamuzu Stadium Wednesday.

The non-leaguers hardly threatened Bullets, who cruised to the next round of the national cup that produced cricket scorelines in other games played across the country.

Bullets Coach, Franco Ndawa, made several changes to the team that drew one-all with rivals, Be Forward Wanderers, by handing goalkeeper Owen Chaima, defenders Pilirani Zonda, Emmanuel Zoya, midfielders Mike Mkwate and Davie Ng’ambi their first starts of the season.

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Sable Farming FC had all the characteristics of a hastily-assembled side, their goalkeeper, Benito Sabola, did not wear gloves and some players on the substitutes’ bench were spotted in slip-ons.

Although the fixture appeared as a walk-over, Bullets’ display in the early minutes of the game was pathetic and casual— they lacked pace and power to baptise the community team.

Nevertheless, captain Chiukepo Msowoya put Bullets in the lead in the 15th minute before midfielder Henry Kabichi added the second on the 37th minute to wrap up the opening half.

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After resumption, Bullets rested Chiukepo, Mkwate and Manyenje for Diverson Mlozi, Muhammad Sulumba and former Wanderers midfielder, Kondwani Kumwenda, respectively.

Chiukepo was visibly not pleased with his withdrawal, but he must have paid dearly for his slow and casual approach that cost Bullets scoring opportunities.

Upon introduction, Sulumba justified his presence when he took advantage of a defensive mix-up to score in the 60th minute. Eventually, Kabichi added his second and Bullets’ fourth in the 74th minute with Sulumba finishing the scoring five minutes later.

Sable Farming Coach, Dye Kachala, said they knew that it would be a difficult encounter.

“Some of the players were playing at Kamuzu Stadium for the first time and Bullets supporters were many. We tried our best but the difference was obvious. We can’t match Bullets in pace, fitness and quality,” he said.

Taking his turn, Ndawa said: “We were serious because we knew that every Bullets player is capable of delivering the goods,” he said in reference to the changes in fielding.

Meanwhile, Silver Strikers also progressed to the next round in an emphatic style when they thrashed Chulu FC 12-0.

In other games, Wizards beat Sayama 3-1 while Azam Tigers humbled Zomba United 5-4 on post-match penalties, whereas Mafco beat Mkweza Youth 15-0.

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