Nyasa Big Bullets are out of the Fisd challenge cup following a 1-0l loss to brilliant Silver Strikers side who progressed to the quarter-finals after the Kamuzu Stadium debacle on Wednesday.
Despite playing away from home, Silver Strikers popularly known as the central bankers amongst it’s supporters, looked the brighter side of the two in the first quater of the game with wonder kid Thuso Paipi twice testing the resilence of Bullets defence.
Bullets on the other hand had a golden oportunity to go in front mid-way the first half but a Luka Milanzi volley was not powerful enough to beat Silver goalie Blessings Kameza.
Milanzi squandered another oportunity few minutes later as he failed to connect a Mcfallen Ngwira cross.
Enterprising Duncan Nyoni was a marvel to watch for Silver especially when he combined with Paipi on the left wing but Tizgobere Kumwenda could not fire the bankers in front despite being fed with crosse on several occasions.
Soon after the recess, Bullets introduced Diverson Mlozi for Milanzi but it was Silver who had the better part of the game.
Super substitute Blessings Tembo was the hero as he headed in a Nyoni cross few minutes away from the final whistle.
Silver Strikers Coach Lovemore Fazili was then sent to the stands after confronting the fourth official for what he claimed to be poor officiation.
The capital city powerhouse could have scored a second 3 minutes from time but Victor Limbani failed to finish a Thuso Paipi through ball.
Speaking after the final whistle, Silver Coach told Nyasa Times that they could have beaten Bullets with more goals had it not been for poor officiation.
“It was unfortunate to see how the game was being officiated. We had a good game only that Bullets were a bit physical but the officiating panel could not read that. But am happy that we are through to the quaterfinals,” said Fazili.
Bullets Coach Lloyd Nkhwazi congratulated Silver for the victory.
“Let me start by thanking Silver for going through. We had a poor game and didn’t deserve to pass through such a strong side. We have been affected by the injuries. It’s part of the game and now we focus on the league,” said Nkhwazi.
The two teams are expected to meet again this weekend in Lilongwe as they battle for points in the TNM super league.
This means that the Bankers will face Dwangwa United who beat Sayama 4-2 in the quarterfinals.
It was a sweet revenge for the Bankers who gave away a 1-0 lead towards the end of their first round league match to draw 1-1 with Bullets who were awarded a penalty in the dying minutes.
They now join other teams in the Fisd Challenge Cup quarterfinals namely Mighty Be Forward Wanderers who on the same day thumped lower league side Lake Valley 5-0, Zolozolo FC who beat Dwangwa Town Hammers 1-0 last Sunday, Kamuzu Barracks who beat Epac 4-2 on penalties on Tuesday and Blue Eagles who added misery on Civo by beating the Civil Servants 1-0 courtesy of a Vitumbiko Kumwenda loan strike.
Round of 16 matches are expected to be completed this coming Saturday in a battle of all lower league sides.
Tiakalulu FC will face Dululu FC at the Nankhaka ground while Msanama welcome Rumphi Pirates all the way from the northern region district of Rumphi.
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