Waganyu mutu sukugwira,’ was the song Bullets fans sang at Chitowe in Dwangwa on Saturday as Big Bullets beat Mafco to maintain their lead in the TNM Super League.
The People’s Team put up a scintillating performance at a packed Chitowe Stadium to beat Mafco 1-0.
The win means Bullets now have 35 points from 15 games.
Prior to the match, people in Dwangwa were treated to roadshows as TNM showcased their new trophy marking the launch of the second round.
Mafco, who were playing their second game within 72 hours, failed to contain a rampaging Bullets.
The Salima-based soldiers were pinned in their own half for the whole duration of the first-half managing just a single shot at Bullets goal through a Paul Phiri’s thunderous effort which was ably tamed by Owen Chaima.
Chiukepo Msowoya, Dalitso Sailesi, MacFarlane Ngwira and James Chilapondwa were a handful for Mafco as they played some attacking football to exert more pressure on the soldiers.
Mafco conceded three corner kicks and four free-kicks in the first-half.
The third free-kick resulted in a goal. Diverson Mlozi who replaced Dave Ng’ambi was tripped outside the box and Yamikani Fodya scored from the resultant free-kick to put Bullets ahead with seven minutes before recess.
The second-half was a more balanced affair as Mafco were on the offensive mindset and matched Bullets in every department. They nearly levelled five minutes after resumption.
Said Ntekema evaded Chikondi Likwemba to find a Paul Phiri pass, but his shot hit the post and rebounded.
Bullets too failed to create more opportunities as the game lost steam. Mafco coach Thomas Maloya refused to talk to the press after the match, but his team manager Dave Gulaimfa attributed the loss to fatigue.
“The players were tired and we could not match Bullets’ fast game,” he said.
Bullets team manager Raheem Ishmael said the victory was well deserved.
“We played very well and I believe we deserve to win. It is good start to the second round,” said Ishmael in a post match brief.
At Kamuzu Stadium, poor home run continued to torment Fisd Wizards as they lost 0-1 to Civo United.
Civo’s lone goal came in the 13th minute when Wyson Khana tapped in a loose ball after Wizards goalkeeper Brighton Munthali and his defenders failed to clear a well taken corner-kick.
Wizards controlled the better part of the game with their famous tick-tack system of play, but could not convert the numerous chances they had into goals.
Civo United have now collected 19 points from 15 games while Wizards remain at the bottom of the 15-team log table with nine points from 15 games.
Azam Tigers have maintained the second position on the table after a goalless draw with Kamuzu Barracks at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe. Tigers have 27 points from 15 games whereas Kamuzu Barracks are fourth with 23 points.