Nyasa Big Bullets have swallowed their pride and saluted their age-old rivals Be Forward Wanderers for winning the 2017 TNM Super League title.
The Nomads sealed the title on Saturday when they thumped Masters Security FC 4-1 at Balaka Stadium to end an 11-year wait for the top-flight league honours.
Bullets general secretary (GS) Albert Chigoga yesterday said: “Jelasi siumuna. We congratulate them.
“It has been a long wait for neba [neighbour], but this time they deserved it because they put up a grand fight.”
He said the Nomads’ feat will drive them to engage an extra gear next season to wrestle the league from Lali Lubani Road.
“This is sport and that is how it should be. We wish them all the best as they prepare for the CAF Champions League and we urge them to prepare well.”
And in a congratulatory statement sent to the Nomads yesterday and signed by Chigoga, Bullets state that the consistency displayed by Wanderers this season has been sublime “under the resilient leadership of chairperson Gift Mkandawire and GS Mike Butao”.
“For us to trail Mighty Wanderers all the way brought euphoria and genuine hype in the league,” reads part of the statement.
The Nomads’ chairperson said they appreciate Bullets’ gesture.
“That should be the spirit in sports and we recognise the high level of competition that they gave us throughout the race,” Mkandawire said
“That said, it feels great to be champions. All Noma fans are walking tall as if they have springs in their legs due to this title. Let me say we set this goal more than three years ago and we have been building the team all along.”
Mkandawire also paid tribute to hid departed predecessor George Chamangwana by dedicating the title to him
“George took over the mantle to lead the fight, but unfortunately just like biblical Moses, he did not make it to the end. Like Joshua, I took the armoury and I am glad to have fulfilled George’s dream and even take it further to CAF,” he said.
Wanderers won the title with a game to spare against Red Lions on December 24 at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe where they will be officially crowned champions while Bullets will wind up against Masters Security on the same afternoon.