Bullets, Eagles clash in Airtel Top 8 final

By McLloyd Kudzingo

Nyasa Big Bullets and Blue Eagles will for the first time in twenty three years meet in a cup final as the two sides clash in the finals of the Airtel Top 8 at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Sunday.
The last time the two teams met in a cup final was in 1995 when Eagles beat Bullets 2-0 to win the Chibuku Cup.

In 2012 the two sides met again in the final but this time it was in the Fellowship Association of Malawi (Fama) bonanza when Eagles beat Bullets, 6-5 on post match penalties.
Both Bullets and Eagles are going into Sunday’s final coming from a bad performance last weekend. The area 30 corps lost 3-0 against Wanderers while the ‘People’s team’ were held 2-2 away against Dwangwa United at Chitowe Stadium.

But speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash, Blue Eagles coach Dicleck Nsakakuona said his side is ready to meet Bullets and end their trophy drought at Area 30.
He said all the players who were rested during their game against Be Forward Wanderers last Sunday will be available for the final and that they are ready to teach Bullets a lesson.
“All the players are fit, the team doctor has assured us that all the injured players like Wonder German, Mecium Mhone and Gilbert Chirwa are all fit to play” he said.
The last time Eagles reached the cup final was in 2012 when they beat ESCOM United to win the Carlsberg Cup.
Bullets on the other hand will be looking forward to follow the foot steps of Silver Strikers by becoming the second winners of the prestigious cup after being knocked out in the quarterfinals by the central bankers last year.

Bullets coach Rodgers Yasin said the team is geared up for the game against Blue Eagles and that they are not leaving any stone unturned.
“We are very prepared for the encounter. We know it’s a Cup game and Cup games are always difficult but I would like to assure our fans that we will be the second team to win this cup, ” said Yasin.
Bullets are likely to miss the services of their key players Pilirani Zonda, Yamikani Fodya and Emanuel Zoya who are injured.
Blue Eagles reached the finals after edging out Silver Strikers through a Maxwell Salambula goal while Bullets booted out their arch rivals Mighty Be Forward Wanderers by beating them 2-1 at Bingu National Stadium.