Nyasa Big Bullets on Saturday booked a place in the 2019 FISD Challenge Cup quarter finals after seeing off Karonga United 4-2 in post-match penalties following a 1-1 draw in regulation time at Kamuzu Stadium.
The People’s Team will face Silver Strikers who booted out Mlatho Mponela 4-0 in Lilongwe.
Bullets had more goal scoring opportunities in the first half, with Luke Chima’s effort hitting the woodwork in unbelievable circumstances.
The visitors were the first to find the back of the net through Misheck Selemani when Bullets defense was caught napping in the line of duty, slotting the ball past Ernest Kakhobwe who could not stretch his hand to prevent the ball from kissing the back of the net.
Bullets almost responded back in style when Peter Banda made his way into the box to release Hassan Kajoke who could only afford to drive his effort inches away from Anthony Singini’s goal area.
Bullets were level with only seconds to go before the break when a brilliant move from Banda found Mike Mkwate who wasted no time to feed Kajoke in the box and the striker smashed the ball past Singini to score his first goal of the FISD Cup and make it 1-1.
In the second half, the hosts were forced to make a change following an injury to Precious Sambani who was replaced by Yamikani Fodya.
Banda was very lethal and his brilliance on the ball should have given the home team an advantage when his long range effort was brilliantly saved by Singini for a corner.
Bullets kept on pushing for a goal but Singini was just too good in goals for the visitors, who were aiming for a penalty shootout against the Blantyre based giants.
The People’s Team introduced Chiukepo Msowoya for Chima while Andreas Gentulo replaced Anthony Mfune for the visitors.
Despite several goal scoring chances, Bullets were unable to find the winning goal and the match had to be decided on penalties.
Peter Mselema and Crispine Mhangama missed Karonga United’s spot kicks while Kajoke, Fodya, Msowoya and Charles Petro converted their spot kicks for Bullets to progress to the last eight of the competition.
The remaining two places will be sealed on Sunday when TN Stars will play host to Moyale Barracks at Kasungu Stadium while Ntopwa FC will play Kamuzu Barracks at Mpira Stadium.