Nyasa Big Bullets started their 2018 TNM Super League campaign on a high after beating Kamuzu Barracks (KB) 1-0 before a huge crowd at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe Sunday.
It was a second meeting between the two sides in a space of seven days, having also met in the Fam Charity Shield where Bullets also triumphed 2-1 at Bingu National Stadium.
This time, the soldiers were hoping for a positive result but Bullets triumphed again to collect maximum points in their first league game of the season.
Veteran striker Chiukepo Msowoya netted the lone goal of the match inside the first five minutes with a free header from Yamikani Fodya’s corner kick.
Bullets, through Nelson Kangunje, then went on to squander numerous scoring opportunities. With only the goalkeeper to beat, Kangunje shot straight into the palms of Leman Nthala.
Patrick Phiri, who replaced Bright Munthali, could have added a second in the closing stages of the match but he also shot straight at Nthala who was probably man of the match.
On the other hand, the soldiers lacked a cutting edge upfront with the partnership of Chimwemwe Chisambi and Fransico Kamdzeka struggling to beat Bullets’ defence of John Lanjesi, Pilirani Zonda and Fodya.
The soldiers had a grand game with Gift M’bwana and Davie Banda dictating matters in midfield. But Bullets were dangerous in attack, with Msowoya, Fischer Kondowe and Kangunje causing plenty of problems to KB defenders.
Both teams made changes towards the end of the match but Bullets held on to collect full points.
KB assistant Coach, Temwa Msuku, said it was disappointing to lose the first game.
“The early goal made life difficult for us but the league has just started and there is no need to panic,” Msuku said.
Bullets Team Manager, James Chilapondwa, praised his charges for the victory.
“Let me thank the players for playing well despite KB coming hard on us. It is not easy beating the same team in a space of seven days,” Chilapondwa said.
In other games played on Sunday, Red Lions and Mafco drew 2-2, with Alexander Sikwambe and Gift Soko scoring for Mafco whereas Royal Bokosi netted a brace for Lions.
Civil Sporting Club and Masters Security also shared spoils in a 1-1 stalemate. Francis Mkonda scored for Masters whereas Joseph Kachule was on target for Civil.
Nchalo United drew 1-1 with Moyale Barracks as Gastin Simkonda scored for the soldiers with Nchalo’s goal coming from Ian Banda.
Line ups: KB -Nthala, Mpulula, Simaone, Kawanga, Kamsichiri, Mbwana, Banda, Daisi, Ziba, Chisambi, Kamdzeka.
Bullets -Kakhobwe, Zonda, Fodya, Lanjesi, Maunde, Kaira, Kondowe, Kangunje, Phiri, Munthali, Msowoya.