Dave Ng’ambi enjoyed a winning debut but it was Frazer Menyani who stole the show as Big Bullets gun down Red Lions 2-1 at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday to be a point closer to TNM Super League leader Moyale.
The former Azam Tigers striker showed glimpses of his quality 7 minutes before the end of the match by scoring a winning goal when the two teams were tied 1-1.
Mussa Manyenje was first to open the score sheet for the Peoples Team, when he headed in a Pilirani Zonda’s cross in the 19th minute.
The soldiers cancelled Bullets lead 10 minutes after Manyenje’s goal through Loti Chawinga.
However, the game was entertaining with both sides displaying fantastic football, especially in the second half.
The Peoples Team however struggled on the middle of the park where Red Lions enjoyed most of the ball possession.
Bullets technical panel opted for Bashir Maunde to play as a defending midfielder leaving James Chilapondwa on the bench, while Victor Limbani was used as an attacking midfielder with Henry Kabichi warming bench.
Operating from the wings was Dave Banda, formely of Civo United while vetean Fischer Kondowe was left with the mantle to supply crosses from the right flank.
Three strikers namely Mussa Manyenje, Frazer Menyani and Tizowere Kumwenda were used for Bullets.
In defence, Sankhani Nyirenda stood firmly assisted by Pilirani Zonda and man of the match Yamikani Fodya.
On the part of Red Lions despite dominating the midfield they failed to supply good passes to their strikers Innocent Bokosi and Kumbukani Mwambeni.
Most of the times Mwambeni and Bokosi spend most of the time chasing for the ball.
However, twice Mwambeni failed to covert headers when unmarked before firing way off target when presented with an empty net from 40 yards by a poor Zonda’s clearance
Red Lions was also jittery in defence with Pearson Mphanje being the main culprit four times failing to clear the ball inside the danger zone.
Red Lions coach Collins Nkuna blamed his goalkeeper for conceding what he called ‘two silly goals’ that could have been avoided.
“We played well but our goalkeeper conceded two silly goals,” said Nkuna.
Big Bullets coach Elijah Kananji praised his charges for coming back after Red Lions equalizer.
In other games, Mafco FC returned back to Salima with a point following their 0-0 result against Chikwawa United in Nchalo.
The Salima based out-fit were clipped 3-1 by Mighty Wanderers on Saturday.
In Mzuzu, Leo Mpulula registered his first victory as Blantyre United coach when they pruned Karonga United 1-0, while in Dedza Kamuzu Barracks played a 1-1 draw with Airborne Rangers.
In Lilongwe, Blue Eagles drew 2-2 with Civo United.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :