After enduring taunts that he is a spent force who left Civil Sporting Club for Mozambique on sightseeing, yesterday Nelson ‘The Silencer’ Kangunje hit where it hurts most by guiding Nyasa Big Bullets to a 2-1 victory over his former club in the Carlsberg Cup at Chilomoni Stadium.
But it was not a stroll in the park for the People’s Team who had to sweat blood for the victory, thanks to Kangunje’s brace.
After several attempts to unlock Civil defence and having a goal from Diverson Mlozi disallowed for an offside in 22nd minute, Kangunje took matters in his own hands by single-handedly destroying Civil.
It was no surprise that Kangunje knew the way around his former club’s defence like the back of his palm and eventually tapped in with ease the opener in the 49th minute.
Civil responded swiftly in the 65th with an equaliser from Patrick Thupi, who headed in beating goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe in Nyasa Big Bullets goals.
But Kangunje proved he is one of the best goal poachers in the Super League as he eluded Civil defence to ghost in the winner in the 75th minute, reminding his former teammates how he used to punish opponents while at the club.
Following the victory, Bullets are now through to the last 16 of the cup, much to the delight of interim coach Eliah Kananji.
“This was a good victory. A good win for a well fought battle. We could have won with many more goals, but this is a cup game. What matters is a win and not the goals,” he said.
His counterpart, Franco Ndawa, while accepting defeat, felt they lost the battle after relaxing following the equaliser.
In other round of 32 matches, lower division side Cobbe Barracks came from 2-0 down to force a two-all draw in regulation time and boot out Super League side Azam Tigers on penalties.
Dwangwa United also booted out Mzuzu University (Mzuni) 9-8 through post-match penalties following a one-all draw in regulation time.
Moyale Barracks had an easy ride over Mwanza Border beating the rookies 2-0 with goals from Deus Nkutu and Chamveka Gwetsani.
Kamuzu Barracks were victors in a six-goal thriller as they beat Mtsiliza 4-2.
Kelvin Hanganda scored a hat trick with the other goal from Vincent Mphepo while Noah Maseko and Foster Saidi were on target for the Chipiku League side.