Nyasa Big Bullets yesterday finished the-TNM Super League first round on top after registering a narrow 1-0 victory over Blue Eagles at Mulanje Park.
Patrick Phiri scored the all precious goal in the 82nd minute, to earn the People’s Team the vital three points.
Bullets came with all guns blazing in search for revenge following their 0-1 loss to the Malawi Police Service outfit in Airtel Top 8 final three weeks ago.
The cops, on the other hand, simply soaked the pressure, only to succumb in the last 10 minutes of the match.
Bullets coach Rodgers Yasin said it was a relief to beat Eagles after the Airtel Top 8 final loss.
“I am glad that we have won. It was a tough game. It was just they would come with intent to repeat history,” he said.like the cup final. We knew that
Blue Eagles assistant coach Christopher Sibale congratulated Bullets for the victory.
“Well, we played a good game. You know when we meet with Bullets people watch classic football. Today was their [Bullets] day. Congratulations to them. We created chances, but we didn’t utilise them. Bullets created one chance and scored,” he said.
At Mangochi Stadium, Silver Strikers had a chance to leapfrog Bullets, but they fluffed it after a 1-1draw against Red Lions.
Winger Thuso Paipi put the Bankers in the lead in the first half, but veteran striker Kumbukani Mwambene hit the equaliser almost at the same time Phiri gave Bullets the lead.
The People’s Team top the league’s log table with 35 points while the Bankers have finished second with 32 points.
Elsewhere, Dwangwa United stunned Civil Sporting 1-0 at Chitowe Stadium, thanks to a Hassan Upindi first-half strike.
The rookies have moved to position 13, after dislodging Mzuzu University (Mzuni).
But the battle for points concludes today as Mzuni hope to reclaim the position as they host Civil at Mzuzu Stadium.
Third-placed Be Forward Wanderers host Mafco at Balaka Stadium.
Though a victory on the part of Nomads will not change matters in top four, the Nomads want to narrow the gap between them and leaders Bullets and second-placed Silver to finish with 28 points.
A loss can also give a chance to Civil to dislodge the Nomads if they beat Mzuni.
After failing to collect maximum points against Bullets, Eagles still have a chance of finishing strongly when they wrap up the first round against Nchalo at Kalulu.
“This is a different game altogether. We will approach it differently to ensure that we win and go back with at least maximum points,” said Sibale.