Big Bullets on Saturday carted home K1 million Gotv Soccer Challenge winner’s prize after beating Super League champions Silver Strikers 2-1 at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
In a match that shreded the nerves of a big turnout, new-signing Lawson Chilewe, who was thrown in as a second-half substitute, put the Bullets on the path to victory in the 60th minute when he headed home captain Fischer ‘Anong’a’ Kondowe’s well-curled freekick that was awarded in rather controversial circumstances.
Heston ‘Kajole’ Munthali sealed the Bullets victory with a classic header in the 78th minute.
The veteran forward swung up-field to beautifully plant home a Douglas Chirambo cross, sending Bullets faithful into delirium.
And just when the People’s Team thought they were in the comfort zone, Silver hit one back with three minutes to full time through Chawanangwa Kaonga who also came in as a substitute.
It was a sweet revenge for Bullets who lost to Silver 1-0 in the Presidential Cup launch game in Mzuzu last month.
Bullets coach Eddington Ng’onamo was delighted with the victory.
“I am very excited because Silver were saying we are their punching bags, but we have proved them wrong today.
“Credit should go to the players for fighting their lungs out throughout the game,” said Ng’onamo.
His Silver counterpart Franco Ndawa congratulated Bullets on the win, but said he was not happy with officiation.
“They [Bullets] have won and all the best to them, but officiation was not up to standard,” said Ndawa.
In netball, Blantyre Select beat their Lilongwe counterparts 28-20.
The matches were part of the activities to mark the launch of GOtv.