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Nyasa Big Bullets in 2nd Cecafa draw

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Peter Mponda

Nyasa Big Bullets came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw with Uganda Premier League champions Express FC at this year’s Cecafa Kagame Cup at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Tanzania Wednesday.

This is Bullets’ second draw in two consecutive Cecafa Cup matches after a similar result against Young African Sports (Yanga) of Tanzania in the opening match.

The draw means Bullets still have chances of reaching the semifinals of the competition but they must beat Atlabara of South Sudan in the last match on Saturday.

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Express top the group with four points from two matches whereas Bullets are second with two points following Yanga’s all zero draw with Atlabara.

Muzamiru Mutyaba scored for Express after four minutes in the first half after Bullets’ defence was exposed.

But substitute Chiukepo Msowoya leveled the scores in the 60th minute to secure a valuable point for Bullets.

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Bullets dominated the match but were wasteful in front of goal, with Nigerian striker Babatunde Adepoju being the main culprit.

However, the two teams failed to get the winner as they shared spoils.

Bullets Assistant Coach Peter Mponda made some changes to the side that started in the opening match.

Goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe, Eric Kaonga and Nixon Nyasulu started the game as Rabson Chiyenda, Sankhani Mkandawire, Yamikani Fodya and Msowoya were relegated to the bench.

However, Mponda made a double change in the first half when he brought in Hasan Kajoke and Paul Kasungwi for MacFallen Mgwira and Ben Manyozo.

The move paid dividends as Bullets dominated proceedings in many departments.

Two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals of the competition.

Bullets are using the competition as part of preparations for the Caf Champions League slated for September this year.

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