Bullets blame loss to Red Lions to national team, attack Super League of Malawi

Bullets FC have failed to take their first TNM Super League of the season with their head held high by blaming it on the national team game against Mozambique on Saturday during Independence Celebrations at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

Outspoken General Secretary Higger Mkandawire said their five players who were with the Flames had no time to train with the team.

Mkandawire said it was not fair for Super League of Malawi to fix a game a day after the national team game having contributed five players.

“We contributed players such as Owen Chaima, George Nyirenda, Douglas Chirambo, Sankhani Mkandawire, Chimango Kayira and Fischer Kondowe who did not train with the rest of the squad,” Mkandawire said.

Billy Phambala., coach for Kamuzu Barracks.-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Billy Phambala., coach for Kamuzu Barracks celebrated in style.-.Photo Jeromy Kadewere

“So is it that surprise that we lost the game.”

Mkandawire said Sulom has terribly lost the plot.

“Sulom gave us a game against Red Lions on Monday, even when we had contributed six players to the national team,” he said.

But Bullets assistant coach Gerard Phiri said the players were exhausted after playing three Malawi Defence Force teams in the past two weeks.

“It was difficult to adjust to their style of play because they like kick and rush,” Phiri said.

“Apart from that Sulom should have considered us because we have played Kamuzu Barracks, Moyale Barracks and now Red Lions in a space of two weeks.”

Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said “teams are also required to register a maximum of 30 players.”

Bullets archrivals Mighty Wanderers, who were also beaten by Kamuzu Barracks 3-0, attributed the loss to lack of complacency.

Coach Stuart Mbolembole conceded defeat.

“We were completely out of the game soon after conceding the first goal. It was embarrassing. Things didn’t work as we planned,” the coach said.

His counterpart Billy Phambala celebrated in style after becoming the first team to collect maximum points from away fixtures.

“Just as in the previous game on Sunday we made sure that we do not give them a chance to score a goal. After managing to hold them in the first half we knew we would kill the game in the second half,” he said.

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