Second-half goals from striker Chiukepo Msowoya and Emmanuel Zoya yesterday at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe gave Nyasa Big Bullets the much needed victory over defending champions Kamuzu Barracks (KB), reviving their TNM Super League prospects.
The win, coming after being frusrated by Civil Sporting Club on Saturday, means Bullets now have 38 points, but still on fourth.
Bullets were a much improved side on Sunday, taking the game to KB.
The visitors could have been two goals up by recess but Chiukepo Msowoya failed to poke the ball in the empty net from goal-line when he collided with Nelson Kangunje.
This was after the attacking trio of Msowoya, Fischer Kondowe and Muhammad Sulumba had overwhelmed KB defence.
Msowoya also headed over from Fischer Kondowe corner.
KB were retreating most times letting Bullets make inroads from all the wings. Their strikers Manase Chiyesa, Mude Jeffrey and Kelvin Hanganda, were relatively passive the entire first half.
Bullets engaged an extra gear in the second-half, pressurising the defending champions and got a goal soon after through Chiukepo who scored from a rebound after Kondwani Kumwenda’s shot hit the upright, beating Lemani Nthara on goals for KB.
KB nearly equalised soon after, but Chiyesa’s shot hit the post. Bullets doubled the lead in the 66th minute through Emmanuel Zoya, who unmarked in the box rose high to powerfully head past Nthala sending the red army that had come to the stadium in large numbers, in jubilation.
It was one way traffic as KB midfield of Dave Banda, World Nkuliwa, Harvey Mkacha and Diof Simaone got overrun by Bullets.
Msowoya put the game beyond KB’s reach with 17 minutes from full-time, powerfully heading past Nthala from another Kondowe assist.
KB coach Billy Phambala admitted being outplayed.
“It was a pathetic performance as we were always second on the ball. Bullets, simply put, were the better team and we must accept. We will work on our weaknesses and there are more games and room for recovery,” he said.
Bullets team manager James Chilapondwa gave credit to the players for the performance.
In Mzuzu, Mzuzu Universty (Mzuni) Football Club won the city’s derby after defeating Moyale Barracks 1-0 through Lazarus Nyemela goal.
But Moyale coach Nicholas Mhango attributed the loss to poor officiation.
“We played well, only that we were not lucky, the officiation was very poor as well, the penalty Mzuni were awarded was not reall, it was block ball,”he said.
On the other hand, Mzuni coach Alex Ngwira was over the moon for the win.
“I am happy that my boys worked hard, despite that we hard two games away in the previous week,” he said. n