FCB Nyasa Bullets yesterday qualified for their second consecutive FDH Bank Cup final following a 5-1 win over Dedza Dynamos Salima Sugar in a one-sided affair at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
The People’s Team will face Mafco FC who beat their rivals Mighty Mukuru Wanderers 1-0 in the other semi-final at the same venue.
Bullets came out triumphant without breaking sweat and had they converted the plethora of chances they created in the first half, they could have won by a wider margin.
The hosts drew first blood just two minutes into the game when Kenyan Collins Okumu swang upfield to head home a Patrick Mwaungulu corner-kick.
It then appeared to be a balanced affair, but as the match progressed, Dedza, who are coached by Bullets legend Gilbert Chirwa, lost the plot and had their backs to the wall as Bullets led by Mwaungulu turned on the heat.
The hosts created no less than five clear-cut chances, but failed to make them count with Anthony Mfune the notable culprit.
At half time, Dedza made three changes, throwing in Gift Magola, Victor Lungu and Frank Aoudou for Promise Kamwendo, Christopher Phiri and Lameck Gamphani in a bid to breathe a new lease of life into their game.
But it was not to be as Hassan Kajoke doubled Bullets’ lead in the 65th minute when he headed home a Gomezgani Chirwa delivery.
Four minutes later, it was all over as Mfune made up for his missed chances to net the third.
He was not done yet as he claimed a brace in the 71st minute after being put through by Mwaungulu.
It was not all doom and gloom for Dedza, who scored a consolation goal in the 85th minute through Gift Magola.
But it didn’t rain for the visitors, it poured as Bullets made it 5-1 in the 89th minute through MacFarlen Mgwira. It was game over!
Bullets’ Chawanangwa Gumbo was named man-of-the-match.
In a post-match interview, Bullets coach Kallisto Pasuwa said: “We struggled in terms of converting chances in the first half, but when we made changes you could see intensity,”
His counterpart, Gilbert Chirwa attributed the loss to lack of concentration.
He said: “We lost concentration after conceding a number of goals within a short period. We were flat, especially in midfield. We just have to go back to the drawing board and map the way forward.”