Chilapondwa bids emotional farewell to BB fans

After announcing his retirement from active football, Big Bullets and former international midfielder James ‘Terminator’ Chilapondwa on Sunday, December 27, 2015 bade farewell to Bullets’ fans as the team lined up against Civil Service United (Civo) in a closing fixture for the 2015 TNM Super League season at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

Chilapondwa bids farewell to BB fans, Pic Alex Mwazalumo.

Chilapondwa bids farewell to BB fans, Pic Alex Mwazalumo.

Did not want to take risks- Bullets' technical panel, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Did not want to take risks- Bullets’ technical panel, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

BB celebrate Richard Chande's own goal, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

BB celebrate Richard Chande’s own goal, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

However, the veteran midfielder was never used in the game, to the surprise of many people, who had expected to see the player playing for the last time.

There was anticipation from Bullets’ fans that Chilapondwa would be thrown into service at a later stage but the Bullets’ bench made all the three substitutions, omitting the longest serving player.

Towards the end of the match, Chilapondwa left the bench with some Bullets members and went round the stadium bidding farewell to the team’s supporters.

Asked why the player was not allowed to play his last game, coach Mabvuto Lungu said the technical panel did not want to take any chances in the presence of sponsors- Nyasa Manufacturing Ltd.

“We did not want to lose in the presence of our sponsors and we had a game plan. I am sure he (Chilapondwa) is a happy man that we have won the match. He is a senior guy and very matured and he must have understood the situation,” said Lungu.

The ‘Terminator’ has played for Bullets for a combined period of close to 10 years. He had a stint with Escom United after playing professional football in Tanzania but returned to his roots three years ago.

During his second spell with the ‘People’s Team,’ he has helped the team win the Presidential Cup, Carlsberg Cup and defend the TNM Super League title

Meanwhile, Bullets were parading the TNM Super League trophy in Lilongwe Monday morning as the team left the capital for Blantyre.

According to the team’s vice chairperson responsible for central region Austin ‘Austo’ Kasito, supporters escorted the team from Crown Hotel up to Bunda Road Block but others with vehicles went as far as Dedza.

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Alex Tulama
Guest

Mavuto ndi Mavuto what ever u did to Mr Chilapondwa God knows am one of Nyerere fans but u could play him as away of hounering him as a legent u ll get panish of loosing next season then u ll b sucked off

forgive them
Guest

THE WAY I KNOW JAMES HE FORGAVE THEM AFTER THEY HAD DELIBERATELY FINISHED THE SUBSTUTION.RIGHT THERE AT THE STADIUM.SO THEY THOUGHT.HE WILL GO IN STYLE BUT OMITTING HIM FROM THE GAME HAS MADE HIM A TRUE LEGEND.ADM.OFFICER.WOW!!!!!!!

nomachelsea
Guest

wasiya still young because mpira wa kumalawi mulibe ndalama bola kupeza zina zochita

mankhaulee mlaamu baabaa
Guest
mankhaulee mlaamu baabaa

insinuating that BB would lose if chilapondwa was brought in? shame on u kochi ma problem lungu

Vekere wa Vekere
Guest

fare thy well ‘The Terminator’,best of luck az u venture in other side of lyf.

tchama
Guest

Terminator PUMA,,,,,,,, walimbana nako kulimbana kwabwino

REAL BULLETS FUN
Guest

Mudalakwa a coach posamulowetsa pa game ija

mzungumbuli
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I am Silver Strikers fan, and I was there at Civo Stadium and my thinking was that no-matter how though the game could have been, at least James Chilapondwa should have been given a chance to touch the ball on the very last game of his football career, no matter what. On behalf of all the Bankers I wish him well and I say all the best Mr. James Chilapondwa. You deserve a pat on the back. WE ARE THE BANKERS- UMODZI-UMODZI

Lovemaniac 91
Guest

This cow Lungu thing must be fired @ BB, fore sure is a stupid cowch!

Hancy
Guest

At least he should have played.A Vuto za zii basi

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