Malawi’s Nyasa Big Bullets lost 1-3 to South Africa’s AmaZulu on Saturday afternoon and 2-3 on aggregate to crash out of the CAF Champions League preliminary round race.
Bullets carried a 1-0 lead going into the second leg match at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe, but it was the Benni McCarthy side that had a positive start to the game.
Striker Bonginkosi Ntuli converted a third-minute penalty after Bullets defender Sankhani Mkandawire’s hand ball.
One goal soon became two when Ntuli reacted the fastest to flick the ball past Bullets goalkeeper Richard Chimbamba.
The Malawi champions tried to come back into the game but striker Hassan Kajoke’s close range effort failed to trouble AmaZulu goalkeeper Veli Mothwa.
Bullets coach Kalisto Pasuwa replaced midfielder Chimango Kaira with striker Chiukepo Msowoya before McFarlen Mgwira stepped in for Mischeck Selemani.
McCarthy also had to make a substitution with injured defender Philani Zulu making way for Makhehleni Makhaula.
AmaZulu led 2-0 at half-time.
Bullets reduced the arrears with three minutes into the second half courtesy of Henry Kabichi’s free-kick effort, only for Siphelele Mthembu to increase the lead with a close range finish.
AmaZulu now date TP Mazembe in the next round.
Bullets: Chimbamba, Sankhani Mkandawire, Gomezgani Chirwa, Miracle Gabeya, Nyasulu, Kaira (Msowoya), Chimwemwe Idana, Mgwira (Selemani), Kabichi, Kajoke, Babatunde Adepoju
AmaZulu: Mothwa, Zulu (Makhaula), Tarcious Malepe, Luvuyo Memela (Buchanaan), Kgotso Moleko, Tapelo Xoki, Thabo Qalinge (Gumede), Sithebe, Mthembu, Ntuli (Masilela), Sandile Khumalo