September 28, 2021

NBB 1-1 Express: Draw Disappoints Mponda as Atlabara Held YANGA to give Bullets Advantage of Progressing

Nyasa Big Bullets Assistant Coach Peter Mponda has expressed his disappointment with the draw against Ugandan side, Express FC in Cecafa Kagame Cup group A match.

Muzamiru Mutyba put the Ugandan side ahead just after seven minutes when he capitalized from Miracle Gabeya’s blunder.

Two minutes later Chimwemwe Idana could have levelled the scores but his 25 metres drive hit upright before the goalkeeper made a simple save.

Peter Mponda made early substitutions, 23, he brought in Paul Kansungwi and Hassan Kajoke for Ben Manyozo and MacFarlane Mgwira and the tempo of the game changed as Bullets dominated the play but were unable to get a goal until half time.

Bullets continued their dominance in the second half forcing their opponents to play deep in their half and they were unable complete a number of passes.

Bullets got an equaliser through substitute Chiukepo Msowoya who had just lasted for two minutes in the field of play on 65th minute.

Msowoya calmly controlled the ball from Hassan Kajoke’s flick header before slotting home to level the scores.

Nyasa Big Bullets kept on putting their opponents under siege in search of a winner but Babatunde Adepoju, Paul Kansungwi, Hassan Kajoke and Chiukepo Msowoya squandered all chances that were available.

After the match Assistant Coach for the People’s Team Peter Mponda did not hide his disappointment over the result.

“Am very very disappointed with the result we wanted three points, same story we conceded earlier we managed to equalise but we failed to get a winning goal,” he said.

He further said that despite the result he was excited with the performance of his team.

“Am happy with the performance of my team, we played really well and we dominated the play. I think we are showing character and fighting spirit game in game out, trailing but able to equalise.”

“Conceding early shows that my players are psychologically unstable in the opening minutes of the matches so we will work on that but on the other hand it’s nice that they have fighting spirit, we trail in both games but managed to level the scores.”

Mponda further was optimistic of the Victory in their last encounter against Atlabara FC of South Sudan to reach semi finals.

Three hours later Nyasa Big Bullets were handed advantage of advancing to semi finals following goalless draw between Yanga FC and Atlabara FC.

The result means Nyasa Big Bullets are still on second position in group A with two points behind leaders Express FC who have four points. Yanga are on third position with two points as well while Atlabara FC sits at the bottom with a single point.

Its going to be a thrilling end to the Cecafa Kagame Cup group stages this Saturday as all teams in group A stands a chance of progressing.

Nyasa Big Bullets needs a win against Atlabara FC to go through but a draw for the people’s will take them through if the game between Express and Yanga ends in favour of the Ugandans or stalemate.

If Bullets progressses then it will be the first time for the past 20 years for a Malawian club to reach semi finals of any international competition.

By Erik Chiputula

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