Big Bullets FC striker Gabadinho Mhango was the toast of the day as Big Bullets won the Presidential Cup after edging Moyale Barracks 1-0 three weeks ago. His lone strike took him into the records of the cup as the first player to score in all Presidential Cup games.
But there was another player in Bullets camp, who also managed to break a record in the competitionâ€”goalkeeper Owen Chaima.
By playing in that final, Chaima became the first person to play in two consecutive finals having also featured in last yearâ€™s finals for Mafco, who lost 1-0 to Mighty Wanderers.
He also became the only player to feature in most consecutive games in the cup , playing 10 full national phase games in a row, five for Mafco in 2011 and five for Bullets this year.
In fact he managed to save two penalties in two semi-final matches that ended in penalty shoot-out. Last year he stopped two spot kicks as Mafco ousted Red Lions while this year he also blocked two Escom penalties to help Bullets reach the finals.
“It felt good to win the cup. To me the personal glory or records did not matter and I did not even know they existed. I was just committed in helping Bullets win the Cup and end the Cup drought.
“I will continue to work hard and hopefully appear in another final next year,” said Chaima.
The goalkeeper, who joined Bullets as a second choice after Vincent Gona, has managed to establish himself as the Peoples Teamnumber one goalminder.
He has also managed to break into the Flames set-up and travelled with the team to Ghana last week for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
Wanderers hold the record of winning the Cup twice after winning it in 2009 and last year.