Chawe Bullets are this year’s Mangochi Presidential Initiative on Sports giants after emerging winners over Namiasi Football Club in the tournament’s finals on Sunday.
Playing before a sizeable crowd at the newly constructed Mangochi Stadium, Chawe proved too hot for the Namiasi contenders as they scored the first goal in just two minutes of play from the first whistle.
Chawe’s marksman, Madalitso Aguero James, took advantage of the lapse in the defense of Namiasi to open the score sheet through a 30 metre drive which caught the goal keeper off guard.
Both sides displayed excellent football characterized by short and wide passes until the half time which kept the score line at 1 – 0 in favour of Chawe.
After pep talk, both sides showed determination but it was Chawe which proved superior when it scored the second goal in the 52nd minute through Andrew Jali’s header from a corner kick.
However, Namiasi retaliated in the 72nd minute through Emmanuel Sokole’s grass cutter which sent Chawe’s goal keeper on the wrong side.
Then both teams kept on visiting each other’s goal on the offensive in search of a goal which never came until the last whistle to put the scores on 2 – 1 in favour of Chawe Bullets of Malindi.
Team Manager for Chawe Bullets, Limbani Nkhoma, said his charges played according to instruction from the game plan, saying the players had demonstrated a spirit of hard work in grabbing the trophy.
“The boys have impressed me,” Nkhoma said. “As we proceed to meet with teams from other districts, we will maintain our style of play considering that every match will be new to us.”
His counterpart, Isaac Mwale said lack was not just on their side and that the injury of their prolific striker, Innocent Nkata, during the finals had dealt them a heavy blow.
However, Mwale said they were going out of the competition a changed side through the interaction with different teams in terms of football management, discipline of players and officiation, among others.
For emerging winners, Chawe Bullets took home K300, 000 while runners up Namiasi Football Club were presented with K150, 000 cash by Southern Region Football Association Chairperson, Raphael Humba, who graced the finals on behalf of the Football Association of Malawi.