A bitter rivalry between Bullets FC and Mighty Wanderers eventually tilted in favour of the former as the ‘People’s Team’ won the K1 million (about $4 000) Carlsberg Charity Shield with 1-0 in a match played at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.
Heston Munthali scored in the 70th minute after receiving a fine pass from Gabadini ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango .
Bullets were awarded the penalty in the 50th minute when Diverson Mlozi was brought down in the scoring position. Gabadinho spot kick was kept out by Nomads goal-tender Richard Chipuwa.
The two local football powerhouses are all getting K15 million each sponsorship from Carlsberg Malawi.
For winning the charity shield Bullets went away a cool K500 000 (about $2 000) whereas K300 000 (about $1 200) will be donated to a charity cause of the winner’s choice.
Bullets enjoyed a dream start but Wanderers came back into the game after weathering some pressure.
But the officiating was so poor that led to the game to be spoiled late in the game.
Referee Fransisco Scova gave red card to Wanderers defender and captain Foster Namwela late in the game. Namwela had slapped a Bullets player who charged at him.
His red card annoyed Wanderers supporters who pelted objects on the pitch in protest against referee’s decision.
Bullets coach Ed Ng”onamo said he was delighted with the win and for “trimming Wanderers to size.”
“We have proved to them that ndiakazi athu Manoma [they are our wives] and we have put the ring on them,” he said.
Wanderers coach Franco Ndawa said the refreee made a “daylight robbery” by favouring the Bullets.
Meanwhile,Ndawa does not believe the result will have any bearing on his side’s TNM Super League title challenge.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :