The 2022 edition of the Airtel Top 8 Cup got off to a flying start over the weekend, with nine goals being scored in just two first leg quarterfinal matches.
The nine goals were scored by just two teams, crowd pullers Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Mukuru Wanderers, at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Lanjesi Nkhoma led the defending champions’ massacre of Karonga with two goals while Anthony Mfune, Babatunde Adepoju, Henry Kabichi, Stanley Billiati and Precious Phiri netted a goal each.
The Nomads found their goals through Francis Mkonda and Vincent Nyangulu.
Mafco and Karonga should be greatly concerned with their respective performances as they failed to score a single goal when their opponents found it easy to hit the back of the net.
The lakeshore sides could be hoping to turn the tables during return matches on November 26 and 27 but that remains a huge task.
Bullets Coach Kalisto Pasuwa said they expect a tough return match despite registering a convincing win.
“Not an easy match in the return leg because they will be at home and will come hard on us. As Bullets, we play any game as it comes and Karonga United give us tough times [when playing at home]; so, my player should celebrate after playing that game,” Pasuwa told Bullets’ website.
Wanderers Coach Alex Ngwira said he expected more goals from his charges.
“We should have scored three or four goals in this match to be on the safe side. We know what to expect during the return match. Mafco is a tough team when playing at home; so, we needed to make it much harder for them to turn the tables,” Ngwira said.
Blue Eagles and Dedza Dynamos meet in the third quarterfinal at Nankhaka in Lilongwe on Saturday, with Silver Strikers and Kamuzu Barracks locking horns at Chitowe in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota District, on November 20 to conclude first-leg quarterfinal fixtures.
The competition’s winner will pocket K17 million.