Nyasa Big Bullets boosted their TNM Super League title hopes in emphatic fashion and damaged Silver Strikers in the process with a stylish victory on Saturday at the Kamuzu Stadium.
It moved the Peoples Team up to third in the table, a point behind Be Forward Wanderers but having played two more games, while Silver Strikers – also a match ahead of Wanderers – are in sixth position.
Bullets assistant coach, Peter Mponda admitted Saturday’s victory would provide a psychological lift as they bid to defend the title.
And Bullets will take huge confidence from the manner and margin of their first win against the bankers, who failed to play their usual carpet football.
Hassani Kajoke put Bullets on the path to victory with a goal in the first half , but the bankers equalized minutes later through Mike Teteh.
Real damage was inflicted on Silver with a double salvo from Precious Sambani and Chimwemwe Idana in the second half to make it 3-1.
Bullets game plan worked to perfection, with the presence of young defenders in Charles Petro and Nickson Nyasulu to keep Khuda Muyaba and Mike Teteh at bay, Chimwemwe Idana who was also voted man of the match ruling midfield and Gomegzani Gondwe performing the dual role of terrorising Silver Strikers with his pace.
Bullets fans celebrated as if they knew the significance of this result and three points that will surely inject them with real self-belief as the title enters closer to the end of the first round.
For Silver Strikers , their decline continues from the golden days of early season and on Saturday they lacked inspiration and a threadbare squad was exposed in defence with the absence of Nigerian towering defender Mustaf Sherrif, who was serving three yellow cards.
Silver , as expected, started with Duncan Nyoni and Thuso Paipi on the wings, but for Paipi he was unable to exert any serious influence apart from Nyoni who caused havoc to Bullets defence in the first half.
For Muyaba he posted the bankers only serious threat with an effort that he pulled just wide and a header that went wide, while Chimodzi Jnr presence was felt as he managed to stop Mike Kwate on several occasions.
Bullets made changes in the second half, sending on Chiukepo Msowoya for Brighton Munthali while Nkwate went out for Precious Phiri.
Towards the end of the game, Silver were poor in their passes and their defence made silly blunders that Bullets were unfortunate not to score more than three goals.
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