Nyasa Big Bullets played out to a goalless draw against Silver Strikers at Mulanje Park in a return leg of the Airtel Top 8 cup on Sunday. The draw meant Bullets are out of the competition on goal aggregate following a 1-0 win for Silver Strikers in the first leg.
Bullets who are without a goal in 4 consecutive games made several changes to their starting eleven from their previous game against the capital city giants. The peoples team Coach Nswazurimo Ramadhan opted for Bernard Chimayimba ahead of Mcfallen Ngwira for the suspended Fischer Kondowe while Henry Kabichi was the first choice for the injured Dalitso Sailesi.
Silver strikers Coach Lovemore Fazili had to recall Captain Blessings Tembo to his starting eleven along with first leg hero Victor Limbani ahead of Green Harawa.
Bullets were a marvel to watch in the first few minutes as they came to nock on Silver ‘s half several times but the central banker’s defence was steady. Collen Nkhulambe and Bright Munthali were twice denied scoring opportunities with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Ramadhan was forced to make an early substitution following an injury to Chimayimba with Ngwira getting his chance.
Soon after the recess, Silver made a double substitution with Timothy Chitedze and Green Harawa coming in for Levison Maganizo and Victor Limbani respectively. As it was in the case in the first leg, the change sparked life into Silver ‘s fighting spirit with Harawa, Tembo and Chitedze combining well in attack.
Tension started arrising on Bullets faithfuls for every decision against them by the officiating panel and no wonder their Coach Ramadhan was given marching orders by referee Misheck Juba following a quarrel with the fourth official.
Silver had a goal ruled out for offside by referee Misheck Juba with Harawa tapping in from a Tembo pass ochestrated from a counter attack. 0-0 the final score and Bullets Coach was bitter with the loss.
“I cannot understand why we lost. I guess because of poor officiating panel and very bad organisation. The game was marred by very poor officiation and this won’t take us anywhere,” said a furious Ramadhan while pointing fingers on the officiating team and FAM officials.
In his remarks, Fazili congratulated his boys for finishing the job.
“I have nothing much to say but only to give credit to my players for a good performance. There was a lot of tension before the match beginning Monday last week but I guess they are matured enough to forget and concentrate. That’s exactly what I have seen from them today,” said Fazili who won several medals while playing for Silver.
Meanwhile, Silver will face Kamuzu Barracks in the first semifinal of the competition to be played this coming Saturday at the Civo stadium while Mighty Be Forward Wanderers welcomes Moyale Barracks in another semifinal at Mulanje Park on Sunday.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :