Bullets receive Kaira boost ahead of derby: Malawi TNM Super League

Big Bullets Football club has received a timely morale boost ahead of what is likely to be a tense Blantyre derby against their bitter rivals Mighty Wanderers following the return of their midfield workhorse Chimango Kaira.

Kaira has been out of action for several weeks after he had expressed his intention of quitting the club when he picked a quarrel with the club’s manager Noel Kaole.

The midfielder alleged that Kaole slapped him on the face after the Presidential Cup final at Civo Stadium.

But Bullets Chairman Malinda Chinyama said the issue is now “water under the bridge” and that the player is available for selection for the Blantyre derby on Sunday.

Bullets coaches Ng’onamo and Gerald Phiri: Derby boost with Chimango available for selection

“The issue was sorted out and the team manager apologised to Chimang. All that is water under the bridge,” said Chinyama.

“The team manager will be given a strong warning,” added Chinyama.

According to Chinyama, the matter was put to rest after thorough investigations that were followed by a disciplinary hearing.

When contacted by Nyasa Times to hear his side of the story, Chimango Kaira said: “It feels so great- to be back; it’s like a prodigal son returning to his parents after a long time in exile”.

He however promised to work hard against the Nomads on Sunday to hand Bullets fans a good new year present.

“What I can assure BB fans is that they should expect fireworks on Sunday. I am eager to help them enjoy New Year” said Kaira.

The news will be very welcome to Bullets coach Eddie Ng’onamo, for whom Sunday’s contest against city rivals Mighty Wanderers is of the highest importance.

Already mind-games have erupted between Wanderers officials and Bullets with Wanderers’ Secretary General David Kanyenda saying their arch-rivalry status with the Bullets has been diluted with their recent back-to-back victories.

Kanyenda said the Bullets have assumed their rightful role of being their brides.

“We want to package Bullets as a New Year present to nyerere fans. We will beat them and become the first team to win at the reopened Kamuzu Stadium,” he said.

Bullet secretary general Higger Mkandawire downplayed his counterpart’s slurs, describing it as cowardice, saying theyt set on “reviving our chase for the league title.”

The ‘Peopl’es Team’ remain in the hunt for the TNM Super League title and a victory in Sunday’s fixture would swing the title momentum significantly back in their favour.

In the mean time, Carlsberg Malawi, the potential sponsor of both teams says the game between Wanderers and Bullets this weekend determine which team they will sponsor next season.

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