Henry Kabichi and Muhammad Sulumba scored a brace each as Nyasa Big Bullets eased through to the next round of the Presidential football cup having seen off Sable Farming Football Club at the Kamuzu Stadium on a Wednesday afternoon.
Chiukepo Msowoya opened the scoring for the people’s team 15 minutes into the first half before Henry Kabichi made it two nil 17 minutes later.
Soon after the recess, Bullets made triple substitution with Muhammad Sulumba, Diverson Mlozi and Kondwani Kumwenda who came on for Msowoya, Mussa Manyenje and Mike Mkwate.
This was Kumwenda’s first game in Bullets colours since crossing the road from rivals Mighty Be Forward Wanderers.
The trio made immediate impact into the game and a few minutes later Sulumba scored through a header after lashing through a weak Sable defense.
However, despite conceding a third goal, the Mapanga based club orchestrated a move few minutes later that resulted into a goal with Hector Limau registering his name on the score-sheet.
It was a move that saw Bullets keeper Owen Chaima frustrated as he failed to dive when the ball fell through the goal to the delight of a few section of Sable supporters who came to watch the game.
Soon after Sable scored a consolation goal, Kabichi completed his brace this time from a short corner, a move which he started.
Sulumba completed the scoring 11 minutes before time sealing Bullets progress to the next round of the competition – which is the national phase.
It was a game that saw Sable Farming goalkeeper Benito Sabola playing without gloves. When Nyasa Times tried to check on the development, the response from Football Association of Malawi’s Competitions Manager Gomezgani Zakazaka was that Sabola did not want to despite officials pleading with him.
Speaking to reporters, Bullets Coach Franco Ndawa said he was happy to see his team through to the next round of the Presidential cup.
“Am very happy with the result considering the changes we made. The boys put up a good fight no wonder we got the five goals and the focus now is on the next game. Sable is a good team and gave us a good game,” said Ndawa.
In his remarks, Sable F.C Coach Itaye Kachala congratulated Bullets for winning the tie. He said Bullets is a good team and playing them at the Kamuzu Stadium was somehow difficult for his boys.
“Playing in front a large crowd is somehow difficult and you saw how my boys were taunted by the supporters. But we have learnt a lot from this game and competition in particular. We are out and life has to move on,” Kachala said.
Bullets next assignment is a TNM Super League match in Salima against MAFCO at the Chitowe ground on Sunday.
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