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Kalisto Pasuwa: We got what we wanted

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FCB Nyasa Big Bullets head coach Kalisto Pasuwa was pleased with his side’s convincing win over Ekwendeni Hammers in the Castel Challenge Cup quarter-final on Wednesday afternoon.

The People’s Team produced a dominant display to smash the visitors 4-0 at Kamuzu Stadium through a Hassan Kajoke first-half brace and lone strikes from Patrick Mwaungulu and Precious Sambani to set up a semi-final showdown against rivals Mighty Mukuru Wanderers.

Pasuwa was left convinced as his charges were in control and deserved the victory.

“Well done to the boys. We are through to the semis and we played well, dominated in every aspect and also were very offensive hence scoring four goals. It was a knockout match that needed a result before the regulation time and we got what we wanted at the end of the match,” reacted the mentor.

The Zimbabwean was however not happy with referee Eness Gumbo’s failure to protect his players as Ephraim Kondowe and Maxwell Phodo could not finish the game following bad challenges from the opposition and she did nothing.

“I am mostly worried about my players who are not protected. I have lost several of them due to fracture injuries, but the referees are not doing anything to protect them,” expressed Pasuwa.

“We are not looking for favours, but my players are deliberately being kicked and the referees are not doing anything. I have lost Ephraim and Maxwell, but the referee was there watching. How do you play matches without players? If it is a foul, it is a foul, no two ways about it,” said the visibly fuming Pasuwa.

On facing city rivals Wanderers in the semis, Pasuwa responded: “We can’t talk [much] about the match. We are facing a good side that has been playing good football and for them to reach this stage, it means they have been doing well. But we are prepared for them, and we will see how it goes.”

Wednesday’s victory means Pasuwa’s men have kept three clean sheets in the four matches they have played in this competition, scoring 12 goals and conceding two.

Kajoke is Bullets’ leading scorer in the Castel Challenge Cup with four goals after he scored a goal each against Soche Socials and Civil Service United, plus a brace against the Hammers.

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