Bullets win against BT Utd, Envirom frustrate Epac: Malawi TNM Super League

Lawson Chilewe celebrating his first goal....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Lawson Chilewe celebrating his first goal….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

A stunning strike from hot-shot Gabadino Mhango put Big Bullets  on their way to an emphatic 3-0 win over Blantyre Unites at Kamuzu Stadium  on Sunday to mark a flying start in the 2013/2014 TNM Super League.

Lawson Chilewe opened the deadlock on the hour mark against his former team before registered a brace as Bullets showed defenders were the best form of attack against the United.

United showed plenty of nice touches in the game but the quality came from the ‘People’s team’ and the three points over their commercial city rivals give them a flying start to their title campaign.

Gabadinho was on the score sheet with a stunning strike the 73rd minute before Chilewe’s brace in and Bullets third goal.

Bullets were the more clinical side and Coach Eddington Ng’onamo was pleased with the performance of his team and said is targeting a title push.

He told Nyasa Times: “Our target is very clear. We must win the league.”

Blantyre United coach Eliah Kananji   said he was “frustrated” after seeing the “harsh scoreline.”

Envirom draw on debut

Elsewhere, Super League debutants Envirom FC showed characteristic grit to frustrate Lilongwe-based Epac FC to a barren draw in an exciting match played at Zomba Community Centre ground on Sunday before a sizeable crowd.

The rookies could have been leading 3-0 by half-time had it been for the wasteful Taonga Munthali who missed clear-cut scoring chances to the dismay of the spectators and his team mates.

First, he was set up by Alick M’madi in the 7th minute before exciting midfielder Ian Banda, who was also voted ‘man of the match’ after the game. On both occasions, he fluffed up the opportunities with the open goalmouth at his mercy.

Spectators could be heard shouting for his substitution but the technical bench kept him in the team until the 60th minute. He was later pulled out after shooting wide a well-worked through ball from M’madi.

However, Epac’s lethal striker Ishmael Thindwa was given no room to manouvre with the ball and was closely monitored by defender Zikhole Nguluwe. Thindwa was also substituted in the 75th minute for Pilirani Yasini.

Things began to shape up for the Lilongwe boys but Envirom defence of Acid Sumbeja and Nguluwe stood firm with special mention to reflexes of goalkeeper Peter Petro.

In an post-match interview, Envirom FC coach Mario Gadaga praised his charges for the fighting spirit.

“Being their first elite game in the league, they have played better despite failing to score. We are going to work out on finishing and composure in front of goal when we resume training this week,” he said.

His counterpart, Abasi Makawa minced no words and said Envirom deserved to win the game. “We failed to regain our form and the boys were tired owing that we had another game yesterday (Saturday) against Wanderers in Blantyre,” Makawa said.

Gaba challenging Blantyre United goalkeeper....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Gaba challenging Blantyre United goalkeeper….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Gabadihno, Chimango Kayira and Lawson Chilewe celebrating the third goal....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Gabadihno, Chimango Kayira and Lawson Chilewe celebrating the third goal….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Big Bullets Fischer Kondowe trying to sneake with a ball....Photo By Jeromy Kadewere

Big Bullets Fischer Kondowe trying to sneake with a ball….Photo By Jeromy Kadewere

Part of the action during the Epac and Envirom game.

Part of the action during the Epac and Envirom game.

Ian Banda (centre) receives his man of the match award from TNM and Sulom representatives.

Ian Banda (centre) receives his man of the match award from TNM and Sulom representatives.

Epac's Tsanzo Daliyo in possession of the ball during the game.

Epac’s Tsanzo Daliyo in possession of the ball during the game.

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