Long at last. On an in incredible afternoon of frayed nerves and unrelenting drama, the red army burst into a spontaneous party yesterday afternoon.
Big Bullets ended their 10-year wait for the big prize when they beat Moyale 1-0 to win the 2014 TNM Super League championship at Kamuzu Stadium.
Mussa Manyenje, the stone that the builder has always rejected in the People’s Team, once again turned into a corner stone when he struck the priceless goal in the 49th minute, complementing a cross from battle-hardened winger Fischer Kondowe.
Such is the luxury that Bullets have wrapped it up even with a game to spare against Blantyre United, which will be of academic interest next weekend.
It was a most thrilling end to an epic battle, the kind of contest which seemed to be headed for a listless conclusion.
The Bullets glory, coming after 10 years, was a wonder to behold and it felt good to see such sounds again-the blaring hooters on Masauko Chipembere Highway as Blantyre danced to the Bullets tune.
Such was expectation on the Bullets players that the fans flocked into Malawi’s ceremonial home of football as early as 9am in truckloads from as far as Lilongwe, Mulanje and the Shire Highlands.
Given, the stadium was turned into a theatre of celebrations the commercial city fell under the spell of the army.
And such was the overriding joy that the road from Kamuzu Stadium to Ndirande, Bullets’ ceremonial home, was blocked for one hour after the final whistle.
Bullets’ chairman Kondi Msungama, who was treasure when Bullets last won the Super League 10 years ago, was over the moon at his team’s accomplishment.
“I came here on a mission and I have achieved it. I thank all Bullets faithful for the support they have given. Let’s build from here,” he said.
Next weekend, Bullets await to lift the trophy against Blantyre United at Kamuzu Stadium after they have garnered an unassailable 59 points against Moyale’s 53 points. Both teams have one game to wrap up the league.