Nyasa Bullets crowned 2015 Malawi football champs: TNM Super League winners

Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe was temporarily turned into a red city on Sunday, December 27, 2015 as Nyasa Big Bullets, the ‘People’s team,’ were officially crowned 2015 TNM Super League champions after signing off their league assignments with an academic fixture against Civil Service United (Civo) played at a packed Civo Stadium.

Oops! Richard Chande's deflection heads into the net, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Oops! Richard Chande’s deflection heads into the net, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Chiukepo takes on fellow Flames' star John Lanjesi, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Chiukepo takes on fellow Flames’ star John Lanjesi, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Minister Chiumia hands over the trophy to Bullets skipper Fischer Kondowe and James Chilapondwa, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Minister Chiumia hands over the trophy to Bullets skipper Fischer Kondowe and James Chilapondwa, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Glory days: Bullets stars celebrate winning the Malawi TNM Super League-, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Glory days: Bullets stars celebrate winning the Malawi TNM Super League-, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Bullets coach Mabvuto Lungu lifted by players, fans after the match, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

A BB fan (without jersey) is drenched in milk, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

A BB fan (without jersey) is drenched in milk, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Two male BB fans dancing as their team leads Civo, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Two male BB fans dancing as their team leads Civo, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Fans escort BB (hired) team bus - Pic Alex Mwazalumo.

Fans escort BB (hired) team bus – Pic Alex Mwazalumo.

It was a memorable afternoon for Bullets’ fans and the 3-1 victory over the servants was just an icing on the cake.

At first, it looked like the crowning party would be subdued when winger Gerald Nkungula headed in a cross from Josophat ‘Khosokhoso’ Kwalira to put the hosts in front after 17 minutes.

But Bullets responded just three minutes later- courtesy of an own goal by Civo defender Richard Chande, brother to Bullets’ striker Jafalie Chande.

Under pressure from Bullets’ hitman Chiukepo Msowoya, the Civo defender deflected the ball into his own net as he tried to clear a corner kick by man-of the-match McFallen Ngwira.

Bullets suffered a set-back before the break when Jaffalie Chande was replaced by Mussa Manyenje after picking an ankle injury.

Shortly after coming in, Manyenje taught the Civo defence how to defend as he accidentally blocked a Pilirani Zonda goal-bound shot to deny his own team a first half lead.

The pint-sized striker made up for the mistake eight minutes after resumption when he connected home a cross from Ngwira.

Msowoya registered his name on the scorers’ sheet on 59 minutes, beating Civo goalkeeper Duncan Mkandawire with a scorching shot straight from a free-kick.

The goal took his tally to 14 goals, meaning he has finished the season as joint top goal scorer with Red Lions’ Innicent Bokosi.

From then on, it was all celebrations in Bullets’ camp with some fans drenching themselves in milk as others sang and danced.

Speaking in a post-match interview, Bullets’ coach Mabvuto Lungu said he was happy to finish with a win against Civo.

“Though we already won the championship, it could have been bad for us to lose at this occasion. Civo is a tough side and they booted us out from the Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup. But we had a strategy for them today and it has worked out according to plan,” said Lungu.

His counter-part Oscar Kaunda congratulated Bullets for winning the championship.

“I congratulate Bullets for winning the championship and for today’s victory. On our part, we lost the plot in the first round after losing so many games but God gave us the Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup. I salute my boys for the hard work,” said Kaunda.

After the game, sponsors Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) presented a brand new trophy to Bullets through Sports and Culture Minster Grace ‘Obama’ Chiumia right on the pitch.

Meanwhile, Bullets sworn rivals Be Forward Mighty Wanderers team manager Steve Madeira paid tribute to the champions for their “deserved” title win.

“They have been fantastic this season and deserve to be at the top of table where they are.

“We dropped points at crucial stages and that has probably cost us although that should take nothing away from Bullets, who have been brilliant. I want to congratulate Nyasa Big Bullets.

“Wanderers will be back next season to give them a good title challenge,” said Madeira.

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yazula
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Chi team icho,Maule ndi Maule baxi sadzathekanso kumwa wa mkaka throughout the whole season its not a joke big up gayz,Nyasa Big Bullets 2016 more fire.

jumbe solomon
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Aliponso wina

Safari Wakumudzi
Guest

thanks Mr Lungu for thanking The Almighty even at better times! Ambiriwa amamfuna Mulungu akakhala m’mavuto basi. But remember that we shall also expect such a brilliant performance come 2016. BB for lyf!!!

ida
Guest

At least Bullets yatimvetsa ndi mmene tikulilira ndi Manutdmu. Congrats guys. You really deserved this. You were so consistent and meant business from day one

Richard Waluza
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Ulemu wanu ma bb u deserve it

Sonke Mzungu
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Bullets ndi ayayayayyayayayyaya

Temaco
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Amene wakwiya ndi BB akakolope nyanja.U Championship ndi umene timawerenga osati zinazi.

Andrew S, Banda
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Maulle ndi chiteam

Make Tako
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ma Ulle omwewo kuti wawawa!!!! Kumwa nawo wa mkaka!!!!

Andrew chakwiya
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Ma team Nde ndi onse Guys koma Eee bullets nde ndi Ayiyayiya ayiayia ayiayia

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