Nyasa Big Bullets advanced to the 2016 Presidential Cup semi-finals with a 4-nil win over Kabwafu FC at Mzuzu Stadium on Saturday to set up a mouthwatering clash with Mafco FC next week.
Bullets prevailed thanks to a brace from Chiukepo Msowoya and strikes from Muhamad Sulumba and Bashir Maunde.
Bullets threatened early on, as Sulumba had a useful header deflected over by the hosts’ centre back. Soon after that, Kabwafu forward drilled a free kick straight at Enerst Kakhobwe in goals for the visitors.
Bullets play maker Dalitso Sailesi showed intent in the 23rd minute, as his strike from just outside the area drew a sharp save from the hosts’ shot-stopper.
However, Kabwafu’s resilient was cut shot as Sulumba opened the scoreline in the 27th minute, 1-0.
Few minutes later, it was 2-nil. Maunde’s shot from a close range kissed the back of the net following a brilliant move by Sailesi, Mike Mkwate and Msowoya.
The visitors were on fire as Msowoya put the game beyond Kabwafu’s reach in the additional minutes when he scored from the spot, 3-nil.
The visitors were too good as Kabwafu completely failed to withstand pressure exerted by the peoples team.
Bullets continued from where they stopped in the first half as Fischer Kondowe and Maunde tormented Kabwafu’s defence but lacked the cutting edge in the final third. Msowoya came agonizingly close to making it 4-nil but his effort missed the goal mouth with an inch.
Msowoya, though, was not to be denied in the 68th minute when he rifled a low shot from just inside the box to make it 4-nil on the day.
The hosts had less than three shots on target, a clear indication that Bullets were too good and at the end of 90 minutes, it ended 4-nil in favor of the peoples team.
The result will see Bullets hosting Salima based Mafco FC at Kamuzu Stadium on 3rd July.
In other semi-final clash, Moyale Barracks will play host to 2009 Presidential Cup champions Mighty Wanderers FC at Mzuzu Stadium.