Nyasa Big Bullets became the latest team to reach the round of 16 of the Presidential Football Cup following a 3-0 nil win over Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Marine at the Kamuzu Stadium on a Wednesday afternoon.
Rising Mike Mkwate opened the scoring as early as 12 minutes into the first half but the MDF team was quick to react with better ball possession despite failing to find the net. Andrew Phiri and Samuel
Botomani were a marvel to watch for the Southern region premier division side but their efforts could not produce the goals.
Midway the first half, Bullets Coach Franco Ndawa made a substitution taking off George Nyirenda for Davie Ng’ambi. Nyirenda was not happy with decision as he showed it through his gesture and action. His actions did not please Bullets fans who booed him when he went down the tunnel.
Nyirenda’s substitution made immediate impact as has replacement had an assist towards Bullets second goal with Chiukepo Msowoya on the score-sheet towards the end of the first half.
Marine began the second half a better team between the two but just like they did in the first half could not turn their chances into goals.
Both teams made several substitutions in the second half but it was Bullets who were on the scoresheet again, this time around Muhammad Sulumba tapping in from a Chiukepo Msowoya neat pass.
After the game, Bullets Technical Director Billy Tewesa was pleased with the result and could not hide his excitement.
“We are delighted with the progress. We made several changes to the team that played against MAFCO and it proved positive. We are focusing ahead and hope to win the competition,” said Tewesa.
Asked on what action the team will take on George Nyirenda’s actions when he was substituted, Tewesa said the team will sit down and analyse the situation before taking action.
“We are not happy with what he (referring to George Nyirenda) did. He should live by example as a senior player. I can assure you that very soon we will sit down and analyse it before making a decision,” said Tewesa.
In his remarks, MDF Marine Coach Hazily Ziusa congratulated Bullets for progressing to the round of 16 of the competition.