The good mood continues for Malawi champions Big Bullets. They are back as the dominant force in Blantyre against their noisy rivals Mighty Be Forward Wanderers who were silenced neighbours on Saturday when they were beaten 2-1 at a packed Kamuzu Stadium to go five points clear on the TNM Super League first round ladder.
Bullets win was so vital for their title defence when they increased their lead with five points clear at the summit with 26 points from 12 matches. , one more game than Wanderers who have 21 points having suffered now a second straight defeat. Silver defeated Wanderers 2-0 last Sunday.
Wanderers were missing the services of striker Muhamad Sulumba who is attending trials at Jomo Cosmos in South Africa whereas Cameroonian striker Lionel Atsu has quit and Jimmy Zakazaka is also attending trials at a Botswana club.
Chiukepo Msowoya headed in the opener for the Bullets when meeting Fischer Kondowe’s ball from the right wing in the 58th minute.
Then Msowoya’s striker partner Jaffalie Chande volleyed in the second goal with 20 minutes to go in between Wanderers’ Jabulani Linje’s goal in the 59th minute. Linje had headed in from Isaac Kaliyati’s corner kick.
The Peoples Team, who saw their keeper C Owen haima off the field of play after dislocated his shoulder were overrun by the Nomads , who looked intent by displaying some fantastic football only to miss a number of scoring opportunities, especially through Sparrow Msowoya and Precious Msosa.
The Nomads goalkeeper Peter Munthali was kept busy in the second half – by the likes Chiukepo Msowoya and Mussa Manyenje, who came in for Eneya Banda in particular – making numerous saves to keep the scoreline respectable as Bullets threatened to run away with the match with more than two goals.
The only sin, which the Nomads committed, was to give Kondowe too many spaces to maneuver in the second half resulting in him finding space to supply balls to strikers.
Despite the defeat, the Nomads fans can smile because they have find new prolific players, in the name of Stanely Sanudi, Precious Msosa and Isaac Kaliati.
Bullets deputy coach Llyod Nkhwazi said he was happy to win the Blantyre derby.
“There is so many at stake in a match against our rivals. To win back-to-back against Nomads is fantastic,” said Nkhwazi.
Wanderers team manager Steve Madeira blamed failure to convert many would be goals.
“We never utilised our chances and Bullets punished us,” he said.
In other games, Blue Eagles remained fourth on 20 points after defeating Epac 2-1 in Lilongwe on Saturday.
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