Yet again. Nyasa Big Bullets underlined their supremacy over Kamuzu Barracks (KB) with a narrow 1-0 win at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
Burly forward Chiukepo Msowoya swung upfield to plant home the lone goal five minutes into the game from a Yamikani Fodya well-curled corner-kick to ensure that the People’s Team bagged full points in their first game of the 2018 season unlike last season when they were held to a goalless draw by Chitipa United in Mzuzu.
The two teams were meeting for the second time in eight days. Bullets beat KB 2-1 in the pre-season Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Charity Shield.
Both teams fashioned a plethora of clear scoring opportunities, but failed to make them count with Nelson Kangunje for Bullets and Moyale’s Dan Ziba as the notable culprits.
KB’s Dave Banda and Diouf Simaone’s attempts from far could not beat Bullets’ Ernest Kakhobwe.
Kangunje nearly doubled Bullets’ lead in the first-half but was denied by the post.
Later on, Chiukepo’s goal ruled out for off side after a move of utter beauty saw KB goalkeeper fumbling a shot from Bright Munthali for Chiukepo to slot the ball home.
Bullets team manager James Chilapondwa said they were happy to start with a win.
“It’s good to start with a win because first games are always difficult.
“We played them last week and we knew they would come hard on, but I thank our players for giving out their best,” he said.
On his part, KB assistant coach Temwa Msuku said despite analysing their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses, they were let down by the early goal.
“Of course, we had some good chances, but finishing was our problem.
“We were not composed in front of goal. Nevertheless, we accept defeat and congratulate Bullets on the win,” he said.
Last season, Bullets beat KB in both league matches.
All the other three games ended in draws.
Nchalo United, who are making a return in the top-flight league after a decade, yesterday held Moyale Barracks to a one-all draw at Mzuzu Stadium.
They now top the table with four points from two games after edging Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC 1-0 in their opening gamer on Saturday.
Mafco and Red Lions also played out a two-all draw at Chitowe Stadium in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota.
At Dedza Stadium, Civil Sporting Club came from behind to hold Masters Security 1-1.