Reigning Presidential Cup champions Big Bullets on Sunday set out their defence campaign with a 2-0 win over strong-willed Griffin Young Stars at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Bullets surged ahead four minutes into the game, when the youth side’s ‘keeper Damison Mayola fumbled a harmless cross and wonderkid Gabadinho Mhango ghosted in to provide the final flourish.
Then veteran forward Heston Munthali struck the second, again with a simple finish from a free kick after 28 minutes to put the game beyond Griffin’s reach.
But the Under-20 Presidential Cup national champions thrusted brightly in the second-half, forcing Bullets into rearguard action through Mark Fodya who was a marvel to watch.
Despite the loss, Griffin Young Stars coach Griffin Saenda Jnr hailed the fighting spirit of his charges.
“We were up against a big team and we gave out our best, but unfortunately we lacked the killer punch,” said Saenda Jnr.
Bullets coach Eddington Ng’onamo also saluted the youngsters, saying: “It was a tough game and it was good that we scored in the early stages, otherwise they gave us a good run.”
In a related development, barely a week after his declaration that he was done with Bullets, Chimango Kayira on Monday displayed an emotional apology to Big Bullets faithful at the same venue.
Chimango, who was in the company of Bullets and national soccer team coach Ng’onamo, was in tears as he put together his hands together in a show of apology and the Bullets faithful could not help but applaud the gesture.
Bullets general secretary Higger Mkandawire said following the apology, the player is set to report back for duty this week.
Chimango’s public apology comes a day after he told The Nation that he was in a tight spot following Sulom’s decision to bar him from joining Silver Strikers on the basis that he could not sign for another club within a particular transfer window.