Chiukepo Msowoya had one of his lowest moments yesterday at Kamuzu Stadium in CAF Champions League as he failed to convert a penalty in the dying minutes of the game against Kenyan side, Gor Mahia, after scoring earlier on to make it one-nil.
His 86th minute penalty miss, saved by goalkeeper Boniface Otieno, took the game into post-match penalties (1-1 on aggregate) which resulted into a disappointing loss to Bullets.
For Bullets, Msowoya, the villain, scored the first penalty, and Gabeya’s fluffy penalty was saved by Otieno, and Fodya and Gabeya scored the resultant penalties, but Pilirani Zonda’s decisive penalty hit the right corner of the cross bar.
The visitors scored all of their spot-kicks trough Bernard Ondiek, Humphley Ochieng, Boniface Omondi and Captain Haron Shakava.
It was the return leg of the preliminary round games of the competition after the first leg of the game ended 1-0 in favour of the visitors. So four-three it ended at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, after a 1-1 goal aggregate.
However in post-match interviews, Bullets coach, Kallisto Pasuwa, singled out lack of experience in his boys, but hopes they will improve next time.
“Mahia have been playing Champions league football more than bullet. It has been there to see the other side of football on international level. For most of our players it was their first time to play these games.
“Any mistake you make in these competitions you’re punished, as you’ve seen we were conceding free kicks in dangerous positions, so we also need to work on that. This is a learning season and I think when we go there next time we are going to improve,” he explained.
It was the first game for Mahia new coach, and he just had training with the team once, thus the previous day [before the match].
He however praised the fighting spirit displayed by Bullets saying: They are a very good team, very very good team. They really impressed me today.”
Yesterday’s victory for Mahia means they have successfully defended a 1-0 first leg win on six occasions in CAF tournaments, and failed to progress only thrice.
Elsewhere, in CAF Confederations Cup, Silver Strikers were also beaten by Gabonese side, AOC MS, with the same margin as Bullets, after also managing to score in regulation time through Khuda Muyaba to make it 1-1 on aggregate. Victor Limbani and Sherrif Shamama missed their spot-kicks to send the visitors through to the next round.