Nyasa Big Bullets beat Atlabara FC 2-0 on Saturday to reach the semi-finals of CECAFA Kagame Cup thanks to first half strikes from Nickson Nyasulu and Hassan Kajoke.
Peter Mponda made four changes from the starting lineup that played out a 1-1 draw against Express FC on Wednesday.
Sankhani Mkandawire returned to the first eleven when as partnered with Nickson Nyasulu at the heart of defence.
Other returnees were Goalkeeper Rabson Chienda, left back Yamikani Fodya and winger Precious Phiri.
The People’s Team got off to flying start when Ben Manyozo’s long pass found Nickson Nyasulu on the right side of the box and he sent a powerful shot into the far corner of the net in the second minute of the game.
After the goal Nyasa Big Bullets struggled to create clear chances as Atlabara created a thick wall at the back and they were closing all the spaces forcing the Malawian side to make more passes away from the box.
Hassan Kajoke extended the lead after 34 minutes when he headed home a Gomezgani Chirwa’s glancing cross to make it 2-0.
Atlabara had their best opportunity of the match squandered on 40th minute when Tombe Appolo hit the woodwork from the spot after Sankhani Mkandawire conceded a foul in the box.
In the second half created less chances but they enjoyed more possession then in the first half.
Kajoke could have registered a brace on 54th minute but when he found the ball alone in the box but he sent his weak shot wide.
With 20 minutes to go Peter Mponda introduced Chiukepo Msowoya and Blessings Mpokera for Hassan Kajoke and Gomezgani Chirwa, four minutes later Msowoya had an opportunity denied by Atlabara FC goalie who save a close range shot to concede a corner.
Bullets made more substitutions bringing in Bright Munthali, Antony Mfune and Paul Kansungwi for Ben Manyozo, Chimango Kaira and Precious Phiri but it didn’t pay any dividend until final whistle.
Nyasa Big Bullets have finished second with five points in group A and will face Group B leaders in the semi finals while Express FC who beat YANGA FC 3-1 and have finished top with seven points will meet Group B runners up.
By Erik Chiputula