Two of the country’s football powerhouses Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Mukuru Wanderers battle for bragging rights this Saturday September 24, 2022, in the semi-final of the FDH Bank Cup slated for Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
Bullets head into the match following a disappointing campaign from two consecutive losses in the CAF Champions League to Simba SC on 4-0 goal aggregate while their sworn rivals, Wanderers, are beaming with confidence following their 1-0 win over Silver Strikers last week in the TNM Super League.
The two teams have met nine times since the inception of Bingu National Stadium in 2017 with each winning three times against each other in both league and cup matches.
In an interview with the media before departure to Lilongwe, Nyasa Big Bullets head coach Kalisto Pasuwa said the game demands mental strength from his charges.
“As you might be aware, we are coming from CAF Champions League and in a space of few days here we are in another tough local cup fixture. We will need to be mentally strong in order to do well in this match. Although some of my players are yet to recover fully from what we experienced in Tanzania,” he said.
On the other hand, his counterpart Alex Ngwira, who is yet to taste defeat at Wanderers since his arrival, said his team is ready for the showdown. Since his coming to Wanderers, Ngwira has won three times and drawn twice while Nyasa Big Bullets are yet to lose to a local team this season.
Chimwemwe Idana, Frank Willard and Ernest Petro are expected to lead the supply lines at the heart of the pitch while Felix Zulu, Francis Nkonda and Muhammad Sulumba are the kingpins for the Nomads.
Lower league side Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve are already in the final of FDH Bank Cup following their 2-1-win last week over Extreme FC from the Central Region.