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Karonga United vow to overpower Nyasa Big Bullets

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Kalisto Pasuwa

It is not over until it is over. This is the message from Karonga United Coach Christopher Nyambose, who believes his troops have all what it takes to turn the tables when they host holders Nyasa Big Bullets in second leg of the Airtel Top 8 Cup quarterfinals at Karonga Ground this afternoon.

Karonga have a big score to settle in today’s match, having lost 7-0 to Bullets in the first leg at Kamuzu Stadium early this month.

They need to beat Bullets 8-0 to progress to the semifinals of the competition.

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On paper, this is a tall order for Karonga but in football anything is possible. If Karonga, turn the tables, it will go in the book of records as one of the greatest come backs in domestic football.

This will be the fourth meeting between the two sides this season in all competitions.

In the league, they drew 0-0 at Karonga in the first round before Bullets beat them 4-1 in the second round.

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However, Nyambose said his boys were in high spirits ahead of the match.

“We will upset them. We are just down but not yet out. The boys have forgotten the results. Trust me, we will go through to the semifinals,” he said.

Probably, Bullets know that playing at Karonga Stadium is always tricky.

Bullets Coach Kalisto Pasuwa, who is looking for a treble this season, said his boys were treading carefully.

“We are not taking this game lightly. It is game of two halves. We scored seven goals at home and the same thing can happen in Karonga so we are taking the match seriously,” Pasuwa said.

In this afternoon’s match, Bullets will be without 2021 Airtel Top 8 golden boot award winner Babatunde Adepoju, Ernest Petro, Yankho Singo and Hadji Wali due to injuries.

The winner between Karonga and Bullets will meet the winner between Silver Strikers and Kamuzu Barracks.

Silver and KB drew 1-1 in the first leg at Chitowe Stadium. They will face each other on December 4.

At Chitowe Stadium tomorrow, Mafco will host Mighty Mukuru Wanderers in the second leg. The Nomads won the first leg 2-0 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

Mafco or Wanderers will face either Blue Eagles or Dedza Dynamos Salima Sugar.

Eagles are one foot in the semifinal after beating Dedza 3-0 at home.

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