Nomads, Bullets eliminated in K1m charity bonanza: It’s Bankers versus Njenjete

Visiting Blantyre based giants Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers were both eliminated from the K10 million Lilongwe University College of Law and Professional Studies Charity Challenge Football Bonanza after losing to Epac and Silver Strikers respectively in the play-off games played Saturday, April 05, 2014 at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

Bullets, alias the ‘People’s Team’ were the first to bow out of the tournament after going down 9-8 in penalty shootouts against ‘Njenjete zaku Lilongwe’.

The two teams played a nil-all draw in regulation time and during the shoot-outs, Epac converted all their nine penalty kicks but Bullets’ defender Chikumbutso Kanyenda missed his team’s ninth kick to send his side packing.

Bankers celebrate the goal

Bankers celebrate the goal

Neba wabetsa mjavi, BB fans celebrate Nomads fall.

Neba wabetsa mjavi, BB fans celebrate Nomads fall.

There were wild celebrations amongst Wanderers fans after Bullets downfall. The Nomads’ fans sang: Neba wabetsa mjavi, neba neba neba wabetsa mjavi.

Little did the Wanderers fans know their fate was also about to be decided within the next 90 minutes.

The Lali Lubani boys raised false hopes amongst their faithful by taking the game to Silver but it did not take long before the bankers settled down.

The first half ended goal-less but the deadlock was broken in the 73rd minute, when Chawanangwa Kaonga rounded off a Wanderers defender before firing the ball home.

In typical tit-for-tat fashion, Bullets fans started chanting around the stands: “Neba wabetsa mjavi, neba wabetsa mjavi, Manoma abetsa mjavi.”

Wanderers coach Steward Mbolembole accepted the loss, saying the opponents made good use of their best chance.

His counterpart Stain Chirwa praised his charges for playing to instructions, saying he was looking forward to the derby clash against Epac in the final.

Before the Silver, Epac final on Sunday, Wanderers and Bullets would battle for the K500,000 prize in the losers final.

Winner of the tournament is expected to pocket K1 million with the runner-up taking home K750,000.

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