Nyasa Bullets sucker-punch Nomads to lift FA Malawi Charity Shield: Silence ‘noisy neighbours’

Defending TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets Saturday afternoon proved too good for rival camp Might Be Forward Wanderers, crashing the Nomads 2-0 in the Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Charity Shield encounter played before a huge crowd at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

Juwaya makes a save during the game -Photo Alex Mwazalumo, Nyasa Times

Juwaya makes a save during the game -Photo Alex Mwazalumo, Nyasa Times

Msowoya lifts the  FA Malawi Chifundo Charity Shield- pix Alex Mwazalumo.

Msowoya lifts the FA Malawi Chifundo Charity Shield- pix Alex Mwazalumo.

Red hot power, Nyasa Big Bullets - Photo by Alex Mwazalumo

Red hot power, Nyasa Big Bullets – Photo by Alex Mwazalumo

Blue not the usual colour for  Be Forward Nomads, its orange, white and black - Photo by Alex Mwazalumo

Blue not the usual colour for Be Forward Nomads, its orange, white and black – Photo by Alex Mwazalumo

Bullets captain Msowoya asking fans to donate blood - Photo by Alex Mwazalumo

Bullets captain Msowoya asking fans to donate blood – Photo by Alex Mwazalumo

Featuring Flames’ international Chiukepo Msowoya and former Nomads goal poacher Muhamed Sulumba upfront, the defending champions were on song barely a minute into the game, when Sulumba capitalised on a defensive blunder to beat Wanderers’ newly signed goalkeeper Nenani Juwaya, formerly of Azam Tigers.

The early goal completely unsettled the Nomads, who never played as a unit. Bullets’ new recruit Ernest Kakhobwe, formerly Azam Tigers had the easiest of tasks in between the goal posts as strikers Jabulani Linje and Jimmy Zakazaka got no supply from the midfield.

On the other hand, Bullets were firing from all cylinders, catching the Wanderers’ defence of Steward Gerald, Kondwani Kadzuwa, Stanley Sanudi and Francis Mlimbika off-guard. It was not surprising at all that Bullets grabbed the second, four minutes to recess- courtesy of an unmarked Msowoya, who headed in a cross from Dalitso Sailesi from close range.

Sensing danger, Wanderers coach Jack Chamangwana made a double substitution during the recess, bringing in Rafik Mussa and Felix Zulu for Mike Kaziputa and Rafik Namwera. Linje and Zakazaka were also replaced by Peter Wadabwa and Nigerian towering striker Amos Beld.

The changes brought a new lease of life to the Nomads with the Nigerian, showing some touches of brilliance. Mussa, Zulu, Wadabwa and another later introduction Luka Milanzie also made a good impact but the damage made in the first half was just too difficult to repair.

Bullets mentor Franco Ndawa had the luxury to pull out three players at once as he replaced Dalitso Sailesi, Bashir Maunde and Sulumba with Davie Ng’ambi, Chikondi Likwemba and Mussa Manyenje. Veteran Fischer Kondowe also paved way for teenager Mike Mkwate.

Ndawa praised his charges for a disciplined performance, revealing the plan was to unsettle the Nomads with an early goal.

“We told our boys to get an early goal to unsettle the opponents and they did just that. We were in total command after the early goal and could have added a few more if we took all our chances. The result shows we are ready to defend our title but we are not one hundred percent perfect and we need to improve in some areas,” said Ndawa.

His counterpart Jack ‘Africa’ Chamangwana admitted the early goal unsettled his side but praised his charges for a good second half performance.

“Conceding an early goal against our rivals made life difficult for us but after making some changes, we were an improved side in the second half. This was just a warm up match and it has helped us to see who can fit in and who cannot,” said Chamangwana.

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and Malawi Blood Transfusion Services (MBTS) used the inaugural Chifundo Charity Shield to mobilise the public to donate blood.

FAM president Walter Nyamilandu said he proceeds of the match will go to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) where there is a critical shortage of patients’ trolleys and that expenses of the participating teams, in terms of accommodation and allowances, will be met by the yet to be disclosed sponsors.

“The Chifundo Charity Shield will be an annual event that will see Super League and Carlsberg Cup champions facing off in a match for a charitable cause. This year we are helping MBTS and KCH, but next year we will identify other beneficiaries,” he said.

MBTS chief executive officer Natasha Nsamala thanked FAM for the initiative  saying it will go a long way in achieving their target of collecting 80 000 units of blood this year.

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Mwembe
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Mwembe
5 months 10 days ago

A BB mwadala mwaonjezera paja munachotsa zogulira Sulumba. Paja mwatenga Chikho ku LL. KKKKKKKKKKKKKK

nyanye
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nyanye
5 months 11 days ago

Wa ku Nigeriayotu ndi mwana oyamba commander wa BokoHaram. anabwera ndi kabomba ka tinke nawo. apolice koma mamusecha bwinobwino. kkkkkkkk

bullets always in heart
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bullets always in heart
5 months 12 days ago

Well done bullets they do the talkings we silence them on the ground kip showing bullets is the best team in malawi miles away I salute all the troops in red bravo bullets

MAFUMU AMPIRA
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5 months 13 days ago

KOMA NEBA NDITHUDI PANYAPAKO,MACHENDE AKO .UKUWONA NGATI BB IMAWINA CHIFUKWA CHA CHANDE FOSEKE

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stella banda
5 months 13 days ago

woyeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!! ine kumva kukoma hvy, kunali chande kumeneko?

Nankalizi
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Nankalizi
5 months 13 days ago

Nyasa Big Bullets should polish up finishing from open play and dead balls – corners, penalties and free kicks. Maule woyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

mcxavier
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5 months 13 days ago

mpila tmamenya nd myendo osat pakamwa ok…

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atate
5 months 14 days ago

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Mcollings
5 months 14 days ago

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NOMA
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NOMA
5 months 14 days ago

Zauchikape basi charity shield ndiye chani? Kuzichemerera za ziiiiiiiiii tatengabe chande contract ya fake ya baunsa

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