Gerald Phiri resigns as Bullets coach

Barely a week after Eddington Ng’onamo announced his resignation as Big Bullets technical director, the club’s head coach Gerald Phiri has also called it quits following the team’s poor showing in all competitions this season.

Phiri dropped the bombshell yesterday (December 27, 2013) at Civo Stadium after guiding his side to a goal-less draw against Epac FC in both teams’ closing fixture for the 2013 TNM Super League season.

“It has been a difficult year for me and my fellow members of the technical panel, looking at the management problems we had, the unending squabbles, players’ strike and other problems. I am done with Bullets and will see what the future holds,” said Phiri to the disbelief of Bullets’ faithful who followed his post-match interview with sports journalists.

Gerald Phiri : Quits
Gerald Phiri : Quits

Going onto the field of play, Bullets had good control of the first half, in which they could have scored goals through defender Chiku Kanyenda and winger Dalitso Sailesi but both players failed to convert clear scoring opportunities.

Epac had their turn in the second half but a missed penalty by the league’s leading goal-scorer Ishmael Thindwa five minutes into the second half and other misses by Mussa Manyenje and company denied them the full points.

With the result, Bullets have finished their 2013 league campaign on an undesirable eighth position with 41 points from 28 games, a point below seventh-placed Red Lions, who wound up their fixtures with a 2-1 loss against Azam Tigers on Christmas Day.

Also playing on Christmas Day, Mponela United signed up on an impressive note after beating Blantyre United 2-1 at Silver Stadium.

The league season comes to an end this afternoon with three teams- defending champions and league leaders Silver Strikers, second-placed Mafco and third-placed Moyale Barracks gunning for the championship.

Owing to their superior goal-difference over second-placed Mafco, Silver just need a draw against Mighty Wanderers at Balaka Stadium to claim the title for a third-year running while Mafco will be gunning for full points at Civo United and praying that Silver fall prey to Nyerere in Balaka.

Moyale, who have an easy fixture against relegated Mzuzu United are praying that both the bankers and the Soccer Instructors from Salima flop. A loss by the bankers and a draw at Civo will equally work to the advantage of the Lions from Kaning’ina.

Silver currently lead the chart with 50 points from 27 games, followed by Mafco on 48 points from 27 games then Moyale on 47 points from 27 games.

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