Big Bullets FC showed characteristic grit and put up a vintage display to beat Red Lions 2-0 in a highly patronized TNM Super League match played at Zomba Community Centre ground on Sunday.
Fresh from a disappointing 2-2 draw against Civo United last weekend, Bullets knew that any mistake will cost them the much-needed maximum points. Also mindful of the fact that in the past season they faced difficulties to win at the Lions’ den, the Bullets came firing from all cylinders and got a goal in less than eight minutes from the start.
The move orchestrated from the right where experienced Fisher Kondowe released a cross into the goal area which was poorly timed by Lions goalkeeper Jacob Kaunda. A poor clearance by defender Innocent Mlima found the unmarked Vincent Limbani who rifled the ball past a hapless Kaunda for the opener.
The Zomba-based soldiers gave too much respect to the visitors especially in midfield where veteran James Chilaponda, Limbani and Henry Kabichi were handful. The striking force of free-scoring
Kumbukani Mwambene and Moses Nankumba failed to test Bullets goal minder Vincent Gona.
Barely four minutes from the restart, Bullets FC were awarded a penalty following a hand ball from Loti Chawinga. The penalty goal originated from a well-weighed corner-kick by Henry Kabichi which made life difficult for Chawinga to deal with inside the goal area.
Jimmy Zakazaka made no mistake from the spot for Bullets to lead 2-0. On some occasions the soldiers tried to get a consolation goal but Mwambene was not ably assisted as he fought a lone battle upfront.
The win has put Bullets on second position with 13 points from five games played whereas Blue Eagles have maintained their lead with 16 points on position one.
In a post-match interview, Big Bullets coach Elijah Kananji expressed happiness and appealed to Bullets fans to be patient as they are still in a rebuilding process.
“We may be getting positive as well as negative results but we need to be patient. More positive results are going to come because the players have not yet gelled together,” he said.
His counterpart Mike Kumanga said Bullets deserved to win the game and accepted defeat.
“We did not play well today and it was not our day. Our colleagues played very well and to instructions,” he said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :