Champions Nyasa Big Bullets on Sunday chalked their first win in the 2020/21 TNM Super League season after seeing-off Chitipa United 2-0 at Karonga Stadium.
The People’s Team was under pressure going into this match following their 1-0 loss to Karonga United at the same venue the previous day.
They had only a point from a possible six after being held to a goalless draw by Blue Eagles in their opening fixture.
on Sunday’s match, Bullets underlined their desperation by making five changes to Saturday’s starting line-up.
Defender Miracle Gabeya, midfielders Precious Phiri and McFarlen Ngwira and battle-hardened forwards Chiukepo Msowoya and Zicco Mkanda were relegated to the bench and replaced by Pilirani Zonda, Ben Manyozo, Mike Mkwate, Peter Banda and Hassan Kajoke.
Bullets went on Sunday’s match with all their guns blazing and drew the first blood in the first minute through Kajoke even before the fans had the feel of the action.
Kajoke struck from outside the box after being put through by Mike Mkwate.
In the 12th minute, Mkwate then turned from architect to scorer to make it 2-0.
Bullets assistant coach Peter ‘Mjojo’ Mponda admitted that relief was the prevalent emotion in their camp after a disappointing start.
He said: “Hopefully, we can build up from here. Today we were organised and the early goal proved to be a huge boost, but it can get better.”
Bullets are now fourth in the 16-team top-flight with four points from three games.
Red Lions, who are making a return to the top-flight after a season in the second-tier league, now top the table with seven points from three games.
They beat pacesetters Ntopwa FC 2-1 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre. Royal Bokosi scored both goals for the Zomba-based Malawi Defence Force side while Mphatso Magaleta netted the consolation goal for the Bangwe Township-based Amagheto Kids.
Ntopwa have now dropped to fifth with three points from two matches.
In another match, Kasungu-based TN Stars edged Moyale Barracks of Mzuzu 2-1.
Gift Chunga and Chiletso Zoya were on target for TN while Brown Magaga scored for the Mzuzu-based soldiers.