Nyasa Big Bullets extended their lead at the summit of the TNM Super League table to six points after beating table anchors Nchalo United 2-0 in their opening second round match at Mulanje Park.
Following the victory, the People’s Team has 38 points from 16 matches while second-placed Silver Strikers have 31 points from the same number of games.
Striker Nelson Kangunje ended his lengthy goal drought when he scored with a powerful shot in the 18-yard box that gave Nchalo’s ‘keeper Dave Pashani no chance.
Nchalo, who appeared out of sorts in the first half, came into the second half with renewed purpose after introducing Ibrahim Sadik and Evance Napolo.
They created some good chances, but lacked the fire-power.
With five minutes to full time,, diminutive midfielder Mike Mkwate, who replaced injured Patrick Phiri claimed the second goal to ensure that three points were in the bag for Bullets.
The hosts created a plethora of chances towards the end of the game, but failed to make them count with Chiukepo Msowoya the notable culprit.
Bullets coach Rogers Yasin described the match as tough.
“We knew they [Nchalo] would come hard on us because they have nothing to lose, but we held on to our nerve and I am happy to start the second round with a win,” he said.
His Nchalo counterpart McDonald Yobe said his team had a sloppy start.
“We conceded what I would describe as a silly goal, but as the match progressed, we settled down and created some good chances, unfortunately we couldn’t score.
“Anyway, we will go back to the drawing board and work on our shortfalls. There are still some 14 games to play, so we will still fight to the end,” he said.
Nchalo have 10 points from 16 matches.
At Mzuzu Stadium, Moyale Barracks beat fellow military side Red lions 2-1. Deus Nkutu and Gastin Simkonda were on target for Moyale while Lot Chawinga scored the consolation goal for the Lions. n