The visitors netted the two vital away goals through Dan Katunga and Boy boy Chima.
While at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe, midfielder Victor Limbani punished his former club Nyasa Big Bullets when his 85th minute vital goal enabled Silver Strikers to equally take a major step in the competition as they beat the People’s Team 0-1.
Silver’s goalkeeper Brighton Munthali’s superb performance earned him Man-of-the Match accolade and K50,000.
Gabadinho presenting Man-of-the-Match trophy to Munthali
After a colourful kick off ceremony that was graced by Airtel Malawi top brass, football administrators and the competition’s Brand Ambassador Frank Gabadinho Mhango, time came for the two sides to battle for semi-final ticket.
Bullets gave their followers some false hopes as they started the match positively and created numerous chances, but failed to translate them into goals.
Bullets should blame themselves for being wasteful at goal in each half and Silver punished them use a set play just five minutes to time. They first launched two quick attacks in the first opening minutes through Diverson Mlozi and Bright Munthali.
Gabadinho, Airtel MD and football administrators pose with the trophy
But the two sides went for half time break deadlocked 0-0.
In the second half, Silver, widely known as the Bankers came into the game with new ideas and made triple substitution, bringing in Timothy Chitedze, Blessings Tembo and Victor Limbani for Michael Tetteh, Green Harawa and Levison Maganizo. The move paid dividend and they piled more pressure on the visitors.
In the 63 minute Bullets equally brought in fresh legs after pulling out Henry Kabichi, Mohammad Sulumba and Bernard Chimimba for Diverson Mlozi, Mike Mkwate and Kondwani Kumwenda.
FAM President Walter Nyamilandu with trophy before Siver and Bullets match
But this did not help as they kept on playing in their own half with the host attacking in numbers.
Silver had their goal disallowed in the 66th minute, when Bullets defender Fodya had helped the ball into his own net.
Silver subsequently won a free-kick after Bullets’ Chimango Kayira had fouled the Banker’s Tembo near the penalty box. And Limbani scored the lone vital goal in the 85th minute from the resultant free kick taken by left back Mark Fodya.
The ball hit the upright and went yawning at Bullets goal mouth when keeper, Ernest Kakhobwe failed to tame it and Limbani pounced the loose ball into the empty net to give the bankers a win.
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The return matches will be played next weekend.