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Mafco run out of airtime.

This was the first match in the Airtel Top 8 2021 edition.

Nyasa Big Bullets players. Photo: Edwin Mbewe.

The Salima based Soldiers MAFCO FC on Saturday 6th November, 2021 failed to communicate and locate where their enemies were hiding in Blantyre at Kamuzu Stadium, after running short of Airtel Airtime.

However it was their counterparts The People’s Team who purchased volume bundle thrice using Airtel App to help them locate enemies.

Nyasa Big Bullets dominated the play at midfield through Chimwemwe Idana, veteran Henry Magetsi Kabichi and youthful Lanjesi Nkhoma which caused more troubles to the soldiers.

Hassan Kajoke scored for Bullets in the first minute of the game after receiving a beautiful pass from Gomegzani Chirwa. Few minutes later MAFCO tried their efforts to level the score line but their troop led by Zikhole Ngulube and Joseph Donsa lacked marksmanship and ended up shooting wide and off target.

Bullets continued with their dominance at the hub and attacking so aggressively, no wonder at 30th minute Babatunde Adepoju scored the second with Kajoke being the architect.

Few minutes later Adepoju completed his brace after beautifully finishing Chimwemwe Idana’s pass into the net.

Walusungu Mpata came closer to score few minutes after his introduction, but Ernest Kakhobwe denied him with a beautiful save.

Stanley Billiat and Paul Kasungwi came in as substitutes for Nyasa Big Bullets for Babatunde Adepoju and Lanjesi Nkhoma while MAFCO introduced Martin Masoatheka and former Mighty Wanderers striker Peter Kasonga for Zikani Sichinga and Blessings Phiri. Bullets went on to hit the bar twice through Idana and M’gwira at 80th and 85th minute before substitute Masoatheka scored a vital away goal for the Soldiers at 92nd minute.

The second leg of the two sides will be played on 21st November, 2021 at Chitowe ground in Dwangwa with the winner of the two legs sailing through into semifinals.

Callisto Pasuwa, Nyasa Big Bullets head coach said they dominated the play in attacking and at the midfield which he said his boys could have scored even a dozen of goals. He then acknowledged that their counterparts MAFCO were a good side.

“We have won at home and will be travelling to Dwangwa where we will have to go and attack and score more goals”, Pasuwa Added.

Chimwemwe Idana for Nyasa Big Bullets was later voted man of the match.

MAFCO assistant Coach Yohane Fulaye said his boys did not play according to their plans, especially in the first half.

“We will be playing at home in the second leg and we will make sure not to concede early goals as we did today. We have scored a vital goal here”. He said.

Nyasa Big Bullets have never won the trophy since it was introduced back in 2017. They were booted out by Silver Strikers one nil on aggregate in the first season before another one nil defeat by Blue Eagles a year later when they reached the final.

On Sunday Mighty Wanderers host Moyale Barracks FC on the same venue.

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