Enterprising Nyasa Big Bullets attacker Mike Mkwate on Saturday netted a deadly double as the ‘Peoples Team’ thumped Salima based soldiers Mafco FC 3-0 at the Kamuzu Stadium to cruise through to the finals of the 2016 Presidential Cup.
Mafco could have been the first to punish Bulets in the 12th minute after they were awarded a penalty following a handball from Miracle Gabeya.
But the current Presidential Cup leading scorer Richard Mbulu who has so far netted 16 goals had his spot kick served by the fast becoming penalty kick stopper specialist Ernest Kakhobwe who manned Bullets posts.
But Bullets broke Mafco’s resillience seconds after Kakhobwe served the penalty through a counter attack launched by Yamikani Fodya who passed the ball to Dave Ng’ambi,before Nikiza Aimable set up Kabichi to score beating helpless Mafco goalkeeper Jailosi Kapalamula.
Then Mkate showed a class of his own when he curved the ball home six minutes later beating Kapalamula to make it 2-0.
First half ended in favour of the home side.
In the second half, Bullets continued dominate possession as the visiting soldiers continued to spend much of their time chasing shadows.
Despite BB’s dominance, Mafco had a chance of reducing the arrears but were denied by the post following an intelligent header in the box following a substitute Zasher Mnong’oneza’s corner kick.
He replaced injured Zikhole Ngulube in the first half.
Mafco technical pannel tried to make tactical changes that never paid any dividend.
In the 77th minute, Mkwate scored the third goal for Bullets to put the game beyond Mafco’s reach.
This resulted into Bullets Technical panel making casual substitutions.
They brought in Chiukepo Msowoya, Muhammad Sulumba as well as Fischer Kondowe.
Kondowe showed appreciation to young Mkwate’s great work by lifting the young lad in the sky after he was substituted.
Mafco FC showed no sign of coming back into the game as their marksman Mbulu was jealously guarded by Bashir Maunde and Yamikani Fodya.
George Nyirenda was also fantastic in Bullets defence.
The Bullets believe to have won the match through their midfield where coach Franco Ndawa parked creative players namely, Henry Kabichi, Dave Ng’ambi, Mkwate as well as Macfallen Ngwira.
After 90 minutes it ended and it was celebration for Bullets fans after referee Clement Kaundulu blew the final whistle.
In a post-match interview with reporters, Bullets Team Manager Rahim Ishmael congratulated his boys for a job well done.
“It was not easy but the boys played well. I just say congratulations to the boys they did a fantastic job this afternoon and congratulations also to all supporters led by Stone Mwamadi and the entire Bullets family,” siad Ishmael.
He also separately congratulated Kakhobwe for serving the penalty he said completely changed the complexion of the game.
Speaking on behalf of the losing side was team manager Lieutenant David Gulaimfa who admitted his side came second best.
He however expressed disappointment with the losing goal margin.
“It is painfull to lose in such a way” he said.
Gulaimfa said now they will completely switch their focus to the TNM Super League.
Bullets will face Moyale Barracks in the Presidential Cup final to be played at Civo Stadium on July 16th, 2016.
Moyale beat Mighty Be Forward at the Mzuzu Stadium on Saturday 1-0 courtesy of a first half Kuda Muyaba strike.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :