Done to a turn. Nyasa Big Bullets chairperson Noel Lipipa on Saturday rewarded the players with K500 000 for their 1-0 sweet victory over their age-old rivals Be Forward Wanderers.
That was not all. The People’s Team sponsors Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC) also spoiled the players and technical staff with K20 000 each while the club gave the players an extra K10 000 each to top up on the K25 000 they each get as game bonus for a win.
Lipipa said the gesture was in appreciation for a job well done.
“This was not an ordinary match. It being a derby, there was a lot at stake, especially pride. The win also revived our title aspirations.
“Initially, I promised the players K300 000 for a win, but I increased it after the match considering the huge significance of the win,” said Lipipa.
On his part, NMC managing director Dimitri Kalaitizis said the players did them proud.
“As sponsors, we were very excited with the win because it meant a lot and we felt obliged to motivate the players and technical staff in the quest to defend the title,” he said.
Team captain Chiukepo Msowoya hailed Lipipa and the sponsors for their gesture.
“It shows that they appreciate the effort we are putting in and this comes as a timely boost as we look forward to stepping up the act in our title defence campaign.
“We did not put up a superb display, but we played with a purpose and in the end, we got what we wanted,” he said.
In a rare occurrence, Lipipa and Kalaitizis followed the proceedings from the ‘Biafra’ open stand with the supporters and there were scenes so lovely after the match as Bullets players and fans danced jigs of celebrations.
The celebrations spread to locations and townships as the commercial city danced to Bullets’ tune.
Kondwani ‘Scholes’ Kumwenda, the stone that the Nomads rejected, became Bullets’ cornerstone when he scored the priceless goal in the 21st minute as the People’s Team maintained their superiority over the Nomads in league matches.
Bullets have not lost to Nomads in the league since July 2012 when they lost 2-1. n