Written by LEONARD SHARRA
LILONGWE--Big Bullets FC are out of the K30 million Carlsberg Cup football competition after going down 2-1 against giant killers Super Eagles in a game played Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Mzuzu Stadium.
In probably the major upset of the competition, the ‘Peoples team’ trailed the underdogs 2-0 at the break before experienced Heston Munthali pulled one back shortly after recess.
Led by their star player Gabadin Mhango, Bullets fought hard for an equalizer but the Eagles stood firm to deny the Presidential Cup holders a place in the competition’s last 16 phase.
The ‘People’s team’ had Yamikani Tambala sent off for a crude tackle on a Super Eagles player in the dying moments.
After the game, Bullets’ fans went on the rampage, manhandling Eagles’ followers, forcing security police officers to fire teargas.
Also bidding by to the competition this afternoon were Blantyre United, who got hammered 1-0 by another northern region side Karonga Vendors at BAT Ground.
At Civo Stadium in Lilongwe, hosts Civo United finally got their much-needed win in a 1-0 victory over visiting Bvumbwe Research.
Newly recruited striker Dan Katunga, formerly of Red Lions hit the lone strike after 16 minutes.
Civo coach Alex Masanjala, who has been under fire from the team’s fans to leave his job after failing to register a win in five matches said the win was a timely morale booster for his struggling side.
His counterpart Bob Mpinganjira accepted the defeat, lamenting some missed opportunities and a defensive blunder he said led to the only goal of the match.
In other last 32 matches, Mighty Wanderers thrashed Cobbe Barracks 5-0 at Balaka Stadium with another military outfit Support Battalion bowing down 5-1 against Silver Strikers at Chitowe Stadium.
Playing after the Support Battalion/Silver match, Moyale Barracks defeated Thondwe FC 3-0 with Blue Eagles edging Maicc FC 2-1 at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe.
Mzuni had to wait for penalty shoot-outs to edge BNC Produsak 4-3 after a 1-all draw in regulation time.