Bullets dump Silver out of Pres Cup, Blantyre streets run red as fans celebrate

Big Bullets supporters erupted with joy on Sunday after watching their team beat Super League champions Silver Strikers, dumping them out of the prestigious Presidential Cup with a 3-1 margin.

Thousands of fans poured out on to the Kamuzu Stadium pitch after the final whistle in wide jubilation, singing and dancing.

Gabadin hero

A thorn to the Bankers defence was slippery Gabadin Mhango, who displayed fantastic football for the entire game and was undisputable man-of-the-match.

Mhango gave Silver Strikers right defender, Mabvuto Khodzomba,  a torrid time that each time he had the ball, Khodzomba could be seen panicking.

At one point Mhango’s dribbles annoyed Silver defenders who gave him an agriculture tackle in the goalkeeper’s box that forced the referee of the match to point on the spot kick  where Douglas Chirambo’s penalty was saved by the Bankers goalkeeper.

Bullets continued to pile up pressure and Mhango’s brilliant display was felt in the first 20 minutes of the game when he headed in a well taken cross to register the first goal for the reds.

The Bankers tried with the likes of Rodrick Gonani, Tony Chitsulo and Dave Moya to equalize but they lacked the killer punch upfront.

As Big Bullets fans were chanting ‘Silver Yabooka! Yabooka! Their players were fired up and it was Diverson Mlozi, who came from nowhere to yawn Silver’s net.

On recess it was Big Bullets 2-0 to Silver Strikers.

In the second half, the Bankers technical panel made several changes by bringing in their lethal midfielder, Peter ‘Pido’ Pindani and Blessings Tembo but never changed much their flair.

Pindani at least managed to equalize one goal after a goal mouth scramble.

Drama

In the dying minutes of the game, Silver Strikers defender, Benard Namangwiyo, caused a storm when he was shown marching orders after giving Mhango a blow on his stomach.

On his way to the dressing room, some irate Bullets fans, who were inside the pitch to the dismay of many spectators tried to manhandle Namangwiyo for his violent conduct.

One man aimed a  head-butt at Namangwiyo before the Police came to his rescue.

Close to three minutes before the final whistle, it was Silver’s tough customer again, Gabadin Mhango, who nailed the last nail on the capital city giants coffin to make 3-1.

Red party

Then there were riotous celebrations.

“I’ve grown up with this club since the age of 10,” said one jovial fan clad in red and white, dressed like a Santa. “I’m very proud.”

The streets of Ndirande Township, the base of Bullets, were crowded with happy supporters of the ‘People’s Team’.

Owners of beer pubs recorded massive sales as people celebrated by boozing.

On cloud nine, Bullets fans celebrate. -Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Before kick-off; Silver and Bullets.Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Escatic Bullets fan tells the bankers' I go chop your money '.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Celebrations: Pitch invasion by Bullets fans.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Heads-up; Bullets defender tries to clear the ball.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

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