Bullets labour to win over Ndirande Icons: Malawi Carlsberg Cup

Big Bullets laboured to a 3-1 win over resilient Ndirande Icons to progress into another phase of the Carlsberg Cup on Friday at Kamuzu Stadium.

The ‘people’s team’ huffed and puffed, but finally got the ticket to the next round against the minnows.

Rat and cat chase, as Mlozi tries to win the ball....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Rat and cat chase, as Mlozi tries to win the ball….Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Its a goallllll for Ndirande Icons....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Its a goallllll for Ndirande Icons….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Ndirande Icons shown an exit-door....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Ndirande Icons shown an exit-door….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Ndirande Icons bench....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Ndirande Icons bench….Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Relaxed Bullets bench towards the end of the game....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Relaxed Bullets bench towards the end of the game….Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Bullets coach, Elijah Kananji conceded that Ndirande Icons came like wounded soldiers putting up a gallant fight but hailed his team, saying it always has the hunger to be successful.

Kananji said his feel-good factor after the win was down to maintaining the winning streak.

He praised the quality of the spirit of the team, the solidarity of the players and the desire to do well.

Bullets were first to open the score sheet through Jimmy Zakazaka when he received a pass from Henry Kabichi.

After scoring, Bullets players relaxed as they allowed the youngsters to control the proceedings of the game and they had a better possession.

Bullets paid the mercenaries towards the end of the first half when defender Pilirani Zonda gave Ndirande Icons striker a tackle in the scoring zone which referee awarded a penalty to the Ndirande Icons.

The penalty was well converted sending ganyu supporters on cloud nine as they chanted the famous song, “Ayamba kale, ayamba kale kunjenjemera”.

Ndirande Icons nearly shocked Bullets when they hit the bar after a well curved free kick to the relief of reds supporters.

Come second half, Bullets made several changes bringing in the likes of Mussa Manyenje and Diverson Mlozi for Douglas Chirambo and Jimmy Zakazaka.

In this half, Fischer Kondowe scored a beautiful goal after snaking through a forest of Icons defenders.

Mlozi sealed the victory for the Bullets with a third goal much to the relief of their supporters.

Bullets will now meet the winners between Silver Strikers and Azam Tigers, who are scheduled to meet next week at Kamuzu Stadium.

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