By Mphatso Malidadi & Isaac Salima:
New Nyasa Big Bullets Coach, Callisto Pasuwa, started his job on an impressive note after guiding the People’s Team to a 2-0 victory over Dwangwa United in a TNM Super League match at Kamuzu Stadium Monday.
The result has widened Bullets’ lead in the league which, going into the match, was at two points.
The People’s Team benefitted from Silver Strikers’ barren draw against Moyale at Silver Stadium to extend the gap to four points.
Bullets have 55 points from 23 games whereas second-placed Silver have 51 from 25 games.
It was a relief for Bullets who have endured a poor run in recent games, the climax being when they were booted out of the Carlsberg Cup by Masters Security.
When the league leaders struggled to defeat relegated Nchalo United in a Fisd Challenge Cup tie on Thursday, a section of Bullets fans demanded the return of fired coaches Rodgers Yasini and Elia Kananji.
But, starting a new lease of life after taking over the mantle on Friday, Pasuwa deployed a 4-5-1 formation that suffocated the visitors in midfield and allowed the People’s Team to attack at will.
The Zimbabwean made some tactical changes with Chimango Kayira, Pilirani Zonda and Emmanuel Zoya making the starting line-up.
Bullets went ahead in the 38th minute through Kayira after Dwangwa defenders failed to deal with Zoya’s long throw-in and only succeeded in directing it to Kayira, whose powerful shot sailed beyond the outstretched arms of Dwangwa goalkeeper Charles Thom.
Kayira was being overlooked in previous games but gave the new coach food for thought with his zonal positioning.
Bullets started the second-half with urgency as Chiukepo Msowoya stretched their lead with a long drive that caught Thom napping.
Both teams made changes at some stage of the match, with Bullets resting Ernest Petro for Patrick Phiri whereas injured Msowoya paved the way for Bright Munthali.
Dwangwa pulled out Innocent Manganyera for Patrick Macheso but the damage had been done.
Dwangwa assistant Coach, Ladwell Mbetewa, attributed the loss to fatigue.
“The players were tired after featuring in a tough game on Saturday. We were second on the ball because of fatigue. The first goal was a giveaway that could have been avoided. Nevertheless, we have collected three points out of six, which is not bad,” Mbetewa said.
Bullets strikers’ trainer Heston Munthali said his charges could have scored more goals with improved precision.
“It is good to win with such a margin but it [the result] could have been much better. But it is our duty as coaches to help strikers convert chances,” Munthali said.
Bullets— Kakhobwe, Lanjesi, Maunde, Zonda, Zoya, Kayira, Kabichi (Kangunje), Mkwate, Mgwira, Petro (Phiri), Msowoya (Munthali)
Dwangwa—Thom, Nkhokwe, Zaulombo, James, Likoswe, Manyozo, Dakalira, Mwenefumbo, Kaonga, Macheso (Manganyera), Upindi (Chinkhande)