Babatunde Adepoju’s brace secure Nyasa Big Bullets’ Semi final place

By Erik Chiputula:

Hitman Babatunde Adepoju came to Nyasa Big Bullets’ rescue as his second half brace helped his team to come from 1-0 down against MAFCO and book their place in the Airtel Top 8 cup semi-finals.

Trailing 3-1 on aggregate, MAFCO FC started very well and took the lead after 17 minutes through Paul Phiri whose shot inside the box beat Enerst Kakhobwe in goals for Nyasa Big Bullets.

The People’s team who struggled to settle for the opening 20 minutes had a good scoring opportunity after half an hour when Chimwemwe Idana who was left unmarked in the box sent a weak shot into the palms of Mafco goalkeeper, Dalitso Khungwa.

MAFCO dominance in possession and goal attempts continued but Bullets defence stood film and there were no further goals until half time.

MAFCO coach Yohani Fulaye was forced to make a change just after the break when injured captain Maurice Chiumia was replaced by Ben Mbewe.

It was a sloppy second half start from both sides until Nyasa Big Bullets made double substitutions after 60 minutes when Bright Munthali and Alick Lungu were introduced for Enerst Petro and Hassan Kajoke and they started dominating the game.

Bullets could have pulled level on 75 minutes when Lanjesi Nkhoma received a pass from Babatunde Adepoju in the box but Nkhoma’s shot was cleared by Yohani Malunga for a corner kick.

Two minutes later MAFCO completed their substitutions with Stain Malata and Martin Masoatheka in field for Alexander Sikwambe and Yohane Malunga.

With only ten minutes remaining it was Babatunde Adepoju who stroke from a rebound to cancel out MAFCO lead. Substitute Chiukepo Msowoya’s header from Bright Munthali cross bounced off the post to the direction of Adepoju who just made a simple tap in into the net.

MAFCO looked weary and tired after conceding and Bullets came again with a dengerous ball in the box which met Msowoya and the striker was when he was about to take a shot for the referee to award Nyasa Big Bullets a penalty which was converted by Babatunde to complete his brace.

Nyasa Big Bullets will face Mighty Wanderers in the semi finals. The Nomads beat Moyale Barracks 5-4 in penalty shootout after 1-1 aggregate.

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