Bullets chairperson Samuel Chilunga reckons his Super League champions have what it takes to secure the treble glory after new sponsors Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC) challenged the club to win three trophies next season—when the two parties officially start a five-year partnership worth K500 million (about $797,923).
Chilunga was optimistic the champions will achieve the target.
“t is realistic to win the treble especially with the vast resources from our sponsor,” he said.
Chilunga said the champions will not have clearance sale of players as they intend tp keep most of the players, saying “we believe they can achieve great things with them.”
Bullets captain Fischer Kondowe said thet have “ a real chance” to win more things now with the sponsorship and promised to deliver come next season.
“We just have to keep focused,” said the veteran midfielder.
Nyasa director Dimitri Kalaitzis said time has come for Bullets to start building an era of success after securing meaningful sponsorship for the first time in more than 10 years.
He said they want Bullets to defend the title again next season as wellas win the Carlsberg Cup and the Standard Bank Knockout Cup .
Meanwhile, Bullets impressed their sponsors who came to watch the team play Fisds Wizards as vastly experienced striker Chiukepo Msowoya bundled two goals to secure yet another win.
In a rainy Wednesday afternoon at Kamuzu Stadium, the rookies stood firmly in the first 35 minutes as they pinned the Peoples Team, making sure they should not kiss the back of their net.
Fisds, who were already chopped in the elite League last Sunday after a 3-1 defeat to Mighty Be Forward Wanderers, were a better side, but their usual problem in scoring was the only set back.
The young lads were a marvel to watch, as they could start passes from the back to upfront, only to be let down by their striking force which was blunt.
Missing the services of Sankhani Mkandawire and Pilirani Zonda, who was on the bench, Bullets were not that tough in defence, as Yamikani Fodya was the only force to reckon with comparing with the likes of Miracle Gabeya .
On the midfield, Ernest Tambe for Fisds was the men man to watch with his moves and fighting hard spirit to win balls.
With the heavy rains in the second half, both sides failed to let the ball kiss the ground, and instead they resorted into aerial balls.
However, Bullets came with new ideas, as they piled up pressure to the Chilomoni Township based out-fit with Jaffalie Chande and Mac Pharen Ngwira orchestrated the war.
In front, Msowoya who banged two vital goals in his bid to overtake Innocent Bokosi in golden boot was also a thorn to the rookies, who relied on Levison Maganizo to play as a sweeper.
Each goal scored by Msowoya was escorted with a new anthem at Bullets, as their supporters chanted, “Nyasa Nyasa kuti hiiiii! Nyasa Nyasa.”
In his post match interviews, Wizards technical director Peter Mponda conceded that they were outplayed by Bullets in the second half but saluted his troops for a battle well fought in the first 45 minutes.
“It was another bad day in office, but l must say l was impressed with our performance in the first half,” said Mponda.
Big Bullets coach- Mabvuto Lungu described their victory as very important because it could have been sad development to lose or draw in front of their sponsors.
“We are very happy because we won in the presence of our sponsors. I can assure our fans that we will make sure to win even our last game against Civo United in Lilongwe,” said Lungu.
Meanwhile, TNM Public Relations Officer Limbani Nsapato, who also watched the match said so far they are impressed as sponsors and assured the soccer fraternity that they should expect fun and pomp in Lilongwe during the last game between Big Bullets and Civo United.
Nsapato also revealed that this year’s prize money presentation ceremony will take place on 14th January if all goes planned.
Blantyre is likely to host the prize presentation ceremony, since the champions Big Bullets are based in the commercial city.–Additional reporting by Green Muheya, Nyasa TimesFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :