Big Bullets continue to hold their nerve with the performances of champions when they beat Blantyre United 2-1 in the TNM Super League at Kamuzu Stadium.
Bullets produced a performance full of grit and heart as their coach Elias Kananji was facing his former club.
Ian Chinyama emerged as a super subsititute when he scored the winning goal after Diverson Mlozi opened the score sheets for Bullets.
The game kicked-off on a low note with both sides misplacing passes, especially on the midfield where there was a big battle.
Bullets also struggled in defence with the absence of their three regular players, Sankhani Mkandawire, Bashir Maunde and Yamikani Fodya for Chikumbutso Kanyenda, Douglas Chirambo and Pililani Zonda.
However, experience separated the two teams, as Blantyre United despite finding too many scoring opportunities lacked the killer punch with Aiko Maluwa being the main casualty.
On several times, Maluwa lacked confidence inside the 18 yard box by shooting wide.
Blantyre United caused havoc on the left flank where former Mighty Wanderers player Innocent Jere was operating.
Jere was a thorn to Zonda and in the 35th minute he managed to snake through him and veteran Fischer Kondowe , who keeps on getting better with age like old vintage wine, but he failed to score with a weak shot.
The first half ended goalless.
In the second half, Bullets accelerated their pace as the likes of Henry Kabichi and Tozyowere Kumwenda were a marvel to watch with crisp passes.
In this half, Bullets coach introduced fresh legs by resting injured James Chilapondwa for Dalitso Silva and Kumwenda for Mussa Manyenje. Ian Chinyama came in for Dalitso Sailesi.
The changes brought results as Mlozi and Chinyama scored for the Peoples Team who displayed the mentality of champions.
Blantyre United coach Alex Masanjala blamed his defence for lacking concentration in the second half while Kananji praised his boys for securing three points.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :