Big Bullets piled the pressure on Elijah Kananji as his Mighty Be Forward Wanderers side were well beaten at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday in the TNM Super League.
The Peoples Team won 1-0 courtesy of a second half goal through Jaffalie Chande to increase their chance of defending the championship.
The Nomads , attempting to recover from successive home defeats at Civo United, Kamuzu Barracks in the league hit snag in the first 35th minute when Bullets was a better side dominating the proceedings of the match.
However, Bullets have all the reasons to question their striker Sankhani Nyirenda, who missed a clear chance with Richard Chipuwa to beat.
Bullets locked the Nomads on the midfield where Jelesi Lufeyo and James Chilapondwa were too good against Kondwani Kumwenda and Malumbo Gondwe.
The absence of Rafiq Mussa, who is creative was felt for the Nomads as their strikers Muhammad Sulumba and Luka Milanzi were not supplied balls.
Most of the times, the two strikers were trying to search for the ball on the midfield, as their midfielders were outplayed by the opposite side.
Bullets were also dangerous on the left flank where Yamikani Fodya and Dalitso Sailesi tormented Stanely Sanudi with pace and dribbles.
Bullets also tamed the Nomads well on wings, especially by closing Ibrahim Sadick on the left flank, while only Isaac Kaliati was noticeable on the right side.
However, Wanderers should their goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa who was outstanding by denying Bullets many chances to score.
Chipuwa, who was dropped by Flames coach Ernest Mtawali on the Tanzania trip was brilliant that many spectators questioned Mtawali’s decision.
In the second half, both sides made changes the notable one being that of Sankhani Nyirenda being substituted on the part of Bullets for Diverson Mlozi. Jelesi Lufeyo was also substituted for Henry Kabichi.
The Nomads also brought in Mike Kaziputa for Ibrahim Sadick and Elijah Kabingu in place of Muhammad Sulumba.
In this half, the tide continued to flow Bullets way and Chipuwa made amends with a crucial double save 20th minute after the restart, first from Jaffalie Chande’s free-kick then from Dalitso Sailesi as the midfielder looked certain to extend the lead.
And it turned even uglier for Wanderers in the 76th minute when Chande emerged unmarked through a packed penalty area to glance a header past the exposed Chipuwa Hart from a Sailesi corner -kick.
Wanderers could have equalized but alas! Kondwani Kumwenda lacked composure when Zonda failed to clear a ball only for him to shoot wide.
There was a drama after the last whistle when the Police fired teargas canisters on the Nomads stands to the dismay of thousands of spectators who came to witness the derby.
In the second half, when the game was in process, some Wanderers and Bullets supporters were throwing missiles on each other without disturbing the game.
The battle took place for 30 minutes in full view of the police, who could not go to the stands to restore order.
The police, who lined up inside the pitch were just looking at the two camps stoning each other until the last whistle.
However, spectators wondered to see the same police firing teargass towards Wanderers fans, who were going outside after the game.
The development angered Sulom Vice President Daudi Sulemana, who went straight to one of the senior police officers questioning their decision.
“Why are you firing teargas, who ordered this,” questioned in anger Suleman.
The police did not stop as they continued firing the teargass even outside the stadium, as the smoke even affected innocent people at the Chipembere Highway.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :