The fate was decided through post match penalties five to three after regulation time had ended one all at Kamuzu Stadium between Nyasa Big Bullets FC and Silver Strikers FC in the Airtel top 8 finals and let it be known to the world that the Palestinians are the 2021 champions.
Dubbed “zamadolo”, referee Newton Nyirenda blew the whistle to kick start the battle between the two giants from two cities; Blantyre and Lilongwe.
Nyasa Big Bullets FC started on a high note as they had two corner kicks within five minutes of the game but to the contrary, Silver Strikers were the first to score through Stain Davie with a header at eighth minute after a beautiful play from Zebron Kalima and Blessings Tembo.
Bullets were quick to react through Lanjesi Nkhoma who pulled the parity at sixteenth minute after a brilliant performance from Henry Kabichi and Chimwemwe Idana.
First half ended in one all stalemate. Second half did not produce any goals despite Bullets creating scoring chances and being on top of the game at some point.
Nyirenda blew the whistle signalling the fate to be decided through penalties.
Yamikani Headmaster Fodya led the Palestinians in firing the live Bullets to the Central Bank and he scored. Zicco Mkanda, Chimwemwe Idana; Captain of the side, Gomezgani Chirwa all scored their penalties with Nickson Nyasulu scoring the decisive one.
Frank Banda, Stain Davie and Innocent Shema scored for Silver Strikers while Levison Maganizo had his penalty saved by Ernest Kakhobwe to surrender their Airtel top eight Championship to Bullets.
MacDonald Yobe, assistant coach for Silver Strikers FC hailed his boys for the performance saying they played according to their plan. He acknowledged Bullets gave them good run saying penalties are unpredictable.
Nyasa Big Bullets FC tactician, Callisto Pasuwa started with reminding journalists who have been asking him about why he always changes his team saying that has helped him a lot.
“When I am doing my plan as a coach, I plan for the whole season not for one game. Had it been that I was using one team, today we would have problems with many injuries we have.
“Moving on we have to promote and buy good center backs. Tall and quick on the ball if we are to do better in the Champions League as our administrators are willing us to play next year”, Pasuwa highlighted joyfully.
This was the second Airtel top eight finals for Nyasa Big Bullets since its introduction in 2017. In 2018, they lost to Blue Eagles FC by a goal to nil at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe, while for Silver Strikers FC, this was their third final after winning it in 2017 and 2019: defeating Mighty Wanderers and Karonga United respectively.
The Champions Nyasa Big Bullets have taken home K17.5 million while runners up Silver Strikers have gone home with K5 million.