Bullets conquer Area 30: Malawi TNM Super League

Big Bullets FC completed their tour of central region on an impressive note, bringing down the high flying Blue Eagles of the National Police Headquarters in Lilongwe’s Area 30, whom they defeated 2-0 in a tough and exciting TNM Super League match played before a huge crowd at Nankhaka Ground on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

Having lost 1-0 to Kamuzu Barracks in the Carlsberg Cup quarterfinals and drawn 2-2 against TNM Super League rookies Mponela United on Wednesday and Saturday respectively, many thought the worse would come to the worst for Bullets at the cops’ base but this was never the case on Sunday.

The visiting Bullets put up a splendid performance to neutralise the cops, whose approach to the game was somehow questionable.

Eagles coach Deklerk Msakakuona started match-maker Mecium Mhone and goal-poacher Charles Ngosi on the bench only to throw them into service when damage had started occurring.

BB's George Nyirenda and his capt Chirambo celebrate the 2nd goal, Pic Leonard Sharra

BB’s George Nyirenda and his capt Chirambo celebrate the 2nd goal, Pic Leonard Sharra

First to inflict misery on the cops was an irregular feature Samson Chonde who, in a sheer act of brilliance squeezed the ball home from close range after outwitting the Eagles’ defence in the 13th minute.

The cops tried to re-organise themselves in search for an equalizer but the Bullets’ defence led by dread-locked George ‘Luiz’ Nyirenda foiled all their attempts.

The coming in of Mhone for Chisomo Chilasa on resumption rejuvenated the cops but all their hopes of a come-back were thwarted when Brown ‘Fisimatama’ Mizeyi added the second from a corner kick taken by Henry Kabichi.

Ngosi was introduced soon after Bullets’ second strike but his impact could not be felt with the Bullets already on song.

Bullets’ coach Eddie Ng’onamo could even afford changing his entire striking force by bringing in veteran Heston Munthali, Dalitso Silva and Welani Nyirenda for Brown Mizeyi, Chondwe and Diverson Mlozi on separate occasions.

Msakakuona conceded defeat after the final whistle, saying his side lost in the first half.

“We lost it in the first 15 minutes and came back into the game late. When we were pressing for an equalizer,
Bullets scored the second goal and that was it,” said the Eagles mentor.

Bullets’ assistant coach Gerald Phiri congratulated his charges for putting up a much better performance compared to the previous encounter against Mponela.

“Yesterday, we were casual in our approach and played under pressure after conceding an early goal but today we
came with a very positive attitude and the coming back of our suspended players helped our cause,” said Phiri.

With the win, Bullets have now moved from position six to five with 23 points from 13 games while Blue Eagles are still third on goal-difference with 24 points from 13 games.

Players observe a minute  silence in honour of Mafco's fallen stars, Pic Leonard Sharra

Players observe a minute silence in honour of Mafco’s fallen stars, Pic Leonard Sharra

Eagles goalie Duncan Mkandawire makes a crucial save, Pic Leonard Sharra

Eagles goalie Duncan Mkandawire makes a crucial save, Pic Leonard Sharra

Bullets lay siege on Eagles goal, Pic Leonard Sharra

Bullets lay siege on Eagles goal, Pic Leonard Sharra

Dalitso Sailesi tries to beat a defender, Pic Leonard Sharra

Dalitso Sailesi tries to beat a defender, Pic Leonard Sharra

Eagles capt John Banda, BB skipper Douglas Chirambo pose with match officials b4 the game, Pic Leonard Sharra

Eagles capt John Banda, BB skipper Douglas Chirambo pose with match officials b4 the game, Pic Leonard Sharra

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