Big Bullets FC on Sunday swallowed their pride and saluted their age-old rivals Mighty Wanderers for coming out victors in Saturdayâ€™s K20 million (about $68 000) Standard Bank Knockout Trophy semi-final showdown.
The Nomads came from behind to hold Bullets one-all and went on to win the dreaded penalty shoot-out 4-3 at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe to reach the final.
Bullets general secretary Higger Mkandawire said: â€œIn the spirit of fair play, we congratulate Wanderers for winning the game. But they should not get carried away because they have not won the actual silverware yet. There is still one more hurdle to clear.â€
However, the Nomads still poked fun at Bullets, with their general secretary David Kanyenda saying they only win friendly matches.
â€œAnyway, we have not won the cup yet, but we return to Blantyre satisfied with the result, but still empty-handed.
â€œWe will be back next week and we want to return to Blantyre with the trophy,â€ said Kanyenda.
On a lighter note, Kanyenda said: â€œUkwati uja ndi wa lero (the wedding was today). Last time it was just a bridal the shower and that is why they won. Paja akuchikazi (brideâ€™s side) dominate bridal showers.â€
He said there was relief in the Nomads camp after the victory as they continue to battle for the Carlsberg Malawi sponsorship.