Bullets set up Moyale final in K60m Presidential Cup

Bullets FC set up a mouth-watering Presidential Cup final clash with Moyale after beating Escom United 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out following an engrossing semi-final on Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

In the nerve-jangling match, Bullets scored  first through  their man of the moment, Gabadinho ‘JC’ Mhango on the spot kick after a controversial penalty  was awarded when the striker was  brought down near the 18 yard box.

Bullets went two-up  through experienced striker Heston Munthali who punished his former team . But Escom pulled one courtesy of Chimwemwe Nyakamera.

Escom's Charles Swini saves Bullets penalty.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

At half-time Bullets were leading  2-1.  Noel ‘Amfumu’ Mkandawire equalizer in the second half set the game into balance.

Bullets were dealt a severe blow when Fifa referee Dennis Ngulube gave Gabadini  marching orders late in the game for diving in the 18 yard box – seeking a penalty –  putting his team on the tight rope, as Escom United were coming wave after wave of attack but they only lacked the killer punch in front.

Promised land

In the penalties, James Chilapondwa, Keston Masonda, George Nyirenda and Kanyenda converted their spot kicks for BB while Richard Senti, Kondwani Gawani and Manase Chiyesa scored for Escom.

Captain Spencer Chipantha, Bashir Maunde and Innocent Phiri failed to convert their penalty kicks for Escom so did Bullets’ Peter Mpulula and Douglas Chirambo.

It was Chikumbutso ‘Jetli’ Kanyenda, whose penalty score sent Bullets through  sending the whole stadium in a crazy celebrations, with red and white supporters of Bullets chanting, ” Mukamva hi-ho magetsi athima, mukamva hi-ho magetsi azima!!”

Head coach for Bullets, Eding’ton Ng’onamo said: “Now we are in the finals, our focus should be to win a silveware and end the cup drought for the Bullets.”

Bullets will play Moyale  in next month’s K60 million (about $240 000) Presidential Cup final in Lilongwe after the Mzuzu-based soldiers  eliminated Red Lions 3-2  on Saturday.

Red and white party: Bullets fans chanting outside the stadium.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Escom players converts his penalty.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Fischer Kondowe carried Gabadin Mhango on his shoulders after the match.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Dejected:Escom United player shedding tears after the final whistle.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Bullets fans caught on camera trying to sneak into the Kamuzu Stadium.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Match of the day action.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Bullets FC posing for Nyasa Times before the game.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

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