Big Bullets coach Mabvuto Lungu said his TNM Super League title victory with the Peoples Team – now enjoying sponsorship of Nyasa Manufacturing Company – means more because they have won the title with a few games before wrapping up the 2015-2016 season.
Lungu was speaking with Nyasa Times after his side had beaten Azam Tigers 2-0, thanks to Jaffalie Chande’s goals that secured the 2015-65 Super League trophies.
Lungu said: “It means… when you work so hard and you are champions, you feel you got what you deserve. That is good feeling.”
He added: “For me, maybe a special feeling because we have won the title with some games to go.
“I could choose another club to start my coaching career where it’s easier to handle, but I chose the biggest club in Malawi with a lot of pressure and demand for trophies and that’s Bullets. A club where I was happy before and won many trophies. I’m so happy to win the league with Bullets now as their coach,” said Lungu.
Lungu added: “I must salute my players for their hard spirit in all the games we have played. Losing only one game is not a joke, and l must say let us celebrate because we have achieved what we wanted this season.
“To win the title before finishing your games against the best teams like Wanderers, Silver are a big achievement,” said Lungu.
Lungu said the midweek game with Tigers “was not a game to enjoy. It was a game to finish the job.”
He said:”Tigers gave us a counter-attacking game. We coped with that. We scored four goals, changed the team in the second half, and controlled possession, the destiny of the game.
“We did everything the team needs to do. That’s why we’re champions. That’s why we deserve it. Everybody knows that.”
The People’s Team went into the clash needing only a single point to take the crown and duly delivered with a 2-1 victory to kick start their celebrations.
Jafali Chande was the hero of the afternoon after he beautifully notched in both goals in the second half through headers.
Tigers however looked a fierce side particularly in the first 15 minutes of the match and their excellent start earned them their first and only goal of the match in as early as eight minutes into the match through Brighton Munthali.
But Bullets knowing that they needed to come out with a point at all cost to seal their title defence, did all they could to bring back the game into life and later managed to equalise and score the winning goal in the second half.
Tigers who have so far played nine games without a win in the second round made a number of substitutions in search of an equaliser but to no avail.
Their counterparts also made changes to cement their defence and to ensure they dont give out the lead which they suceeded until the referee blew the final whistle.
It was all jubilation and ululation from Bullets supporters, players, technical panel and executive members after the final whistle.–Additional reporting by Elijah Phimbi, Nyasa TimesFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :