By Nganati

Nyasa Big Bullets continued launching the ambush attacks in the central part of Malawi.

The first attack was in the FDH Bank Cup final when they defeated MAFCO 3-0 at Bingu National Stadium. As this was not enough, FCB Nyasa Big Bullets FC on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, disconnected Airtel Internet at Capital Hill with two Bullets from Hassan Kajoke and Maxwell Gasten Phodo.

Phodo fired the first bullet in the 34th minute in the first half from outside the penalty box beating Civil’s goalkeeper Lumbani Chitete to his far right top corner.

Hassan Kajoke blasted his missile in the 72nd minute from a MacFarlane Ngwira through ball from the left flank.

From this juncture, the Servants failed to make Airtel calls or connect their gadgets through Wi-Fi as the Palestinians seemed to have disconnected the internet due to outstanding bills.

This was 1st leg of the 2023 Airtel Top 8 quarterfinals between the two sides who met for the first time since 2015 in cup games.

Civil Service United FC who are also struggling in the league will have to travel to Blantyre for the reverse fixture.

Civil started on a high note in the first 15 minutes of the game and created chances through veteran Innocent Tanganyika who lacked composure and marksmanship in the final third.

Bullets took over the dominance as the first half matured hence making the first Airtel call in the 34th minute, Stanley Billiat’s call was denied in the 42nd minute by Lumbani Chitete despite Chawanangwa Gumbo having delivered a good ball.

The home team received two yellow cards in a space of three minutes through defender Damiano Kunje who brought down MacFarlane Ngwira in the 50th minute and Boston Kabango in the 53rd minute for a foul in his defensive area and a free kick was awarded to Bullets but Civo defended well.

The home side launched a counterattack that saw Binwell Katinji nearly leveling the calls but his powerful header missed Chiyenda’s upright with a whisker.

Binwell Katinji could also have recharged his phone with an MK100 Airtel Scratch card after a handball by Bullets but his effort hit the human wall in the 60th minute.

Patrick Phiri and Luke Chima replaced Innocent Tanganyika and Festus Duwe in the 68th minute, the change brought stability to the Servants as they kept pressing hard but to the contrary Bullets extended their lead through Hassan Kajoke.

Rabson Chiyenda made a stunning save denying Binwell Katinji from scoring and conceded a corner kick which was defended by the Palestinians.

Despite leading 2-0 Pasuwa introduced Ephraim Kondowe, Peter Banda, Kenneth Pasuwa, and Frank Willard for MacFarlane Mgwira, Chawanangwa Gumbo, Anthony Mfune, and Maxwell Phodo while Moses Banda and Lovemore Mbeta came in for Dan Kumwenda and Chikaiko Batison for Civil at 87th minute.

In the the 90th minute Lumbani Chitete produced another superb save denying Ephraim Kondowe from making 3rd call for the Bullets.

Defender Collins Okumu could have scored in his net when he made a clearance beating goalkeeper Chiyenda who was off from his line.

FCB Nyasa Big Bullet’s Blessings Mpokera was later voted man of the match.

So far 4 goals have been scored from 4 first-leg quarterfinals of the 2023 Airtel Top 8.

Moyale Barracks FC drew 1-1 against Blue Eagles FC, MAFCO FC and Kamuzu Barracks FC drew 0-0 while Silver Strikers FC won 2-0 against Mighty Mukuru Wanderers FC.

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