Big Bullets on Saturday edged closer to winning the 2014 TNM Super League title when they beat Karonga United 3-1 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
The Peoples team took their time before showing why they are champions-in-waiting, but once they shed their inhibitions they quickly rattled off the goals that took them to 65 points and made the arithmetic simple.
Three weeks on, Bullets is enjoying the view from the top of the table and coach Elijah Kananji is on the verge of completing the job that was assigned to him when he took over from Edington Ng’onamo.
They made the crowd wait and as the game passed 30 minutes-goalless, there was the distinct feel of anxiety in the Biafra stands.
Then normal service resumed. Frazer Menyani settled everyone’s nerves with the first goal in the 35th minute and any lingering tensions disappeared at the Biafra stands.
Outstanding player Dalitso Sailesi added the late goal in the first half that gave the match a slightly deceptive scoreline.
Bullets coach Elijah Kananji came out with a wonderful line after the match, saying winning the title is not the ambition now but to claim the title with “attractive football.”
They lived up to these words in the second half but it was a struggle until that point and in the more difficult moments, they were unusually short of ideas.
Karonga United defended in great numbers, were quick to the ball and strong in the tackle, and they succeeded in frustrating Bullets during the opening hour.
It was strange to see Bullets look so laboured but the third goal finally arrived through Jafalie Chande.
However, Karonga goalkeeper Happy Msowoya was a marvel to watch with his brilliant saves several times as he kept out Jimmy Zakazaka effort and Mussa Manyenje was loitering again in the six-yard area to squeeze in the rebound.
The visitors pulled one through Jimmy Wayani.
At 3-1 the game was effectively over. There was one brief scare for Bullets when a Karonga striker inexperienced substitutes, headed across the six-yard before Vincent Gona cleared the ball away.
However, there were also some notable controversy moments, when a ball boy splashed water behind Karonga’s goal to the dissatisfaction of the goalkeeper who asked for the referee’s intervention.
A few minutes later, Dalitso Sailesi poured Karonga goalkeeper’s water on the ground, a thing which angered the team.
There was a commotion for some minutes but thanks calm was restored after the referee intervened. “Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :