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Ndirande Stars stand in Bullets Reserve’s way

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Division One side Ndirande Stars have vowed to frustrate Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve from completing a treble this afternoon when the teams meet in the final of Nyasa Capital Finance Southern Region Football Association (SRFA).

The two sides will clash at Kamuzu Stadium where Bullets Reserve will be hoping to complete a domestic treble, having defended the Aubrey Dimba Trophy and Powerstart Tayale Top 8 Cup.

Bullets Reserve successfully defended the Powerstart Tayale Top 8 Cup after beating Zingwangwa United 3-1 at Mulanje Park in July.

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The People’s Team reserve side got a double on Sunday when they beat Silver Strikers Reserve 1-0 to retain the Aubrey Dimba Trophy title at Aubrey Dimba Ground in Mchinji.

However, Stars Team Manager Kuruwa Ngwira said they were not moved by their opponents’ credentials.

“We have no pressure at all. Our team is solely for development. We have a good youthful squad which is hungry for success. We did not reach the final on a fluke. We sweated to be here. Despite being in Division One, we knocked out Premier Division sides. Let them underrate us at their own peril,” Ngwira said.

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Stars defeated the likes of Mubas (formerly The Polytechnic), The Boyz and Bangula to reach the final.

The side has promising players including Captain Thoko Mpinde, striker Gift Lamowa and goalkeeper Hamid Msopa who have been consistent and outstanding.

Ngwira also spoke he said highly of the team’s set up, which is helping the side develop.

“We have a good coach [Simeon Kapuza] who played at the highest level. Even our director Mwayi Lampu was also a footballer,” he said.

Both Stars and Bullets Reserve reached the final after winning semifinal matches through post-match penalties.

Stars defeated Bangula 7-6 to progress to the final while Bullets Reserve beat Nsanje United 5-4 to make it to the last two.

Bullets Reserve Coach Enos Chatama said they cannot underrate Stars.

“They have potential to ruin us. We take each game as it comes because we know that each game is different from the other,” he said.

Chatama has talented players in Emmanuel Savieli, Chikumbutso Salima and Chrispin Mapemba who can change the complexion of the game at will.

In a third-place match, Nsanje United will meet Bangula.

The champions will pocket K1.5 million with runners-up receiving K600,000. The third-placed side will get K250,000 while the fourth-placed team will meet K150,000.

SRFA Chairperson Raphael Humba said they were expecting a thrilling final.

“Division One teams dominated the cup as three sides made it to the last four. We are expecting to watch entertaining matches,” he said.

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