Nyasa Big Bullets yesterday sent a stark warning to opponents on what they should expect in the coming season when the People’s Team mercilessly clobbered rivals Be Forward Wanderers 2-0 to clinch the inaugural Charity Shield at Civo Stadium.
So painful was the defeat for the Nomads as the mastermind Muhammad Sulumba, was indeed one of their own just a couple of months ago.
Sulumba latched onto a Dalitso Sailesi pass to volley the ball past an advancing Nenani Juwayo on goal to send red and white Bullets fans chanting his name at a nearly packed stadium.
Bullets passing game saw Sulumba coming close again to double the Bullets lead in the eighth minute, but he blasted over a Henry Kabichi floating pass which eluded Francis Mlimbika and Kondwani Lufeyo.
Chiukepo Msowoya doubled the lead with just three minutes before recess. Unmarked, he powerfully headed past Juwayo from a Henry Kabichi cross.
In the second half,Wanderers came in strong after coach Jack Chamangwana introduced Nigerian Amos Beld for Jabulani Linje and Peter Wadabwa for Jimmy Zakazaka.
The Nomads had an edge as Wadabwa linked up well with Beld, but Bullets have to thank the steady and solid defence of John Lanjesi, Yamikani Fodya, Miracle Gabeya and George Nyirenda.
Chamangwana admitted being outplayed, but blamed his charges for lack of effort.
“The players were a bit complacent. They didn’t show that hunger. But it’s preseason and we will regroup and make an assessment,” said the Nomads coach.
Bullets coach Franco Ndawa gave credit to God for his side’s performance.
“We played as a team and deserved to win. I thank God for the way we played,” said Ndawa.
FAM president Walter Nyamilandu, who graced the match, described the encounter as “entertaining and professional.”
“Apart from watching a great game, I thank the fans for responding to the charity call to donate blood. Lots of people did that today and the objective of the charity has been achieved,” said Nyamilandu.