Airtel Top 8: Bullets claim quadruple after triumph over Mafco

Two second-half goals from Lanjesi Nkhoma saw FCB Nyasa Big Bullets overpower Mafco 2-1 to win the Airtel Top 8 cup and a domestic quadruple in a match played at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

The season 6 final reminded the sides of a season in which they also played in the FDH Cup final in which Bullets won.

The intentions from Bullets were all written on the wall when the home side started putting pressure on the military side as at ten minutes Maxwell Phodo headed into the palms of Mafco keeper Christopher Mikuwa.

Nkhoma was a star performer.

Ten minutes on, the Salima-based side nearly took charge, only for Mphatso Philimoni to see his header over the bar.

But Nkhoma scored in the 22nd minute when he was set by Anthony Mfune.

The forward landed on a cross from Mfune and with skipper Paul Ndlovu out of his lines, Nkhoma could not make any delays but scored past Mikuwa.

When Bullets kept attacking Mafco found the equalizer just four minutes past the half-hour mark.

This time, Mafco banked on an own goal when Nickson Nyasulu scored in his net after failing to clear the lines from a free kick by Aubrey Chafewa, with the ball in no near to Bullets man in goals, Clever Nkungula.

In the other half, Mafco was first to earn a clear goal-scoring opportunity when Philimoni set up Prince Kachere only for the promising attacker to shoot just wide.

Ten minutes later, Bullets also pulled a chance as Patrick Mwaungulu drew a header from a corner by Gomegzani Chirwa.

Mikuwa also produced two back-to-back saves to deny Phodo in point blank from scoring.

Ten minutes after the hour mark, the Bullets had the opportunity when they were awarded a penalty.

Stand up for the champions.

This followed a foul by Aubrey Chafewa on Phodo.

Referee Mayamiko Kanjere who was near the action ruled for a penalty.

Nyasulu was the man to take the penalty perhaps to scrap off his own goal only for Mikuwa to parry the ball away.

However, in quick seconds, Nkhoma came the fastest to score from a rebound.

Moments later, Yamikani Fodya was brought in marking the last game of his at Bullets in thirteen years.

Despite the goal, Mafco continued to play with confidence and they almost got an equalizer in the added time but Kasonga’s header went wide.

Mafco’s coach Pritchard Mwansa was full of praise for his charges saying the campaign had been so strong.
His opposite coach Callisto Pasuwa said it had taken a lot of effort to win the match as Mafco equally had better chances.

Bullets have now claimed four honors this season.

This season, Bullets claimed the inaugural Castel Challenge and won the TNM Super League title for the fifth straight year and also the FDH Bank Cup for two years running.

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