Nyasa Big Bullets yesterday turned Kamuzu Stadium into a theatre of wild celebrations for their sponsors and supporters when they brushed aside resilient Zimbabwe giants Dynamos wirh a 1-0 win in a lively encounter witnessed by multitudes.
Dynamos defender Augustine Mbara’s owngoal after deflected George Nyirenda’s long-range shot into his net in the 82nd minute, made sure the hosts were over thedvantage as they travel to Lilongwe for the second match to be played at Civo Stadium today.moon and take a one-goal
Substitute Nyirenda deserved credit as his powerful shot from outside the box could not be stopped by Dynamos goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga.
The visitors tried to come back into the game, but substitute King Nasama’s goal was disallowed after referee Dennis Ngulube saw an infringement on Bullets goalkeeper Owen Chaima.
“I am lost for words to describe my joy today. I am simply very excited!” marvelled NMC managing director Dimitri Kalaitzis after the game.
For Ndawa, the victory scored a point against a section of Bullets executive committee and fans who opposed to his appointment.
“I am happy with the win. However, the storm is not over yet. We need to win again tomorrow in Lilongwe if we really need to be praised,” said Ndawa.
Dynamos coach Paulo Jorge da Silva dos Santos played down the defeat, describing it as a mere training game.
“For me, this was just a training game. Although my team was technically better on the field and could not convert their scoring chances, I am still happy with the performance. In spite of that, tomorrow I will feature a different squad,” said the former Portuguese international.
The two matches mark the official launch of the K500 million five-year Nyasa Manufacturing (NMC) sponsorship of Bullets. n