Nyasa Big Bullets Sunday secured an away win for their opener in the 2018 TNM Super League after a narrow win over most improved Kamuzu Barracks 1-0 at Civo stadium in Area 9 in Lilongwe.
Bullets carried the day through their long time goal poacher, Chiukepo ‘Yakubu’ Msowoya and have returned to their base with maximum points in their bag.
Last season, Bullets had a tricky start with a draw against new comers Chitipa United and a defeat at the hands of Moyale Barracks.
The title race is now building up slowly with their traditional rivals, Be Forward Wanderers collecting maximum points away from home when they stun Silver Strikers with a 2-1 victory.
Kamuzu Barracks are in the class of their own with down ball football at display but visibly they are missing the services of Manase Chiyesa and Kelvin Haganda upront and Harvey Mkacha in midfield
Bullets went into top gear with only six minutes into play when Msowoya nodded home Yamikani Fodya’s corner kick from the eastern corner flag of the northern goal.
Kamuzu Barracks could have cancelled Bullets lead three minutes later when Dan Ziba sent a searching cross in Bullets D-zone which eluded goalie, Ernest Kakhombwe but unbelievably Ndaona Disi failed to tap in from close range.
At dot of half time Bullets attacking midfielder Nelson Kangunje broke loose after out pacing Kamuzu Barracks defender, Pempho Kansichiri but failed to beat keeper, Lehman Nthala in one on one situation.
A minute into added time, Ngaunje had another attempt after being put through by Fisher Kondowe but man of the man, Nthala parried the goal bound shot for safety.
Bullets were happy with 1-0 lead at half time.
Kamuzu Barracks made a double switch in the 53rd minute they brought fresh legs of World Nkuliwa and Sammy Chiponda for Ziba and Chimwemwe Chisambi.
Bullets striker Bright Munthali could have stretched the lead in 58th minute when he connected wide Kondowe’s cross from close range.
Kangunje had another chance to increase the lead in 70th minute when he headed in Kondowe’s cross but Nthala brilliantly saved it.
With seven minutes to time, substitute, Patrick Phiri for Bullets who came in for Munthali failed to beating Nthala in one on one situation after he was put through by Henry Kabichi who replaced Chimango Kayira.
Kamuzu Barracks stand in coach, Temwa Msuku said the two teams played each other last week and on Sunday Bullets had a different game plan.
” We played well as a team and we were only let down with the goal we conceded early and we failed to recover from that point,” he explained.
Bullets Team Manager, James Chilapondwa admitted that the game was a tough one though his charges wasted a lot scoring chance.
” We are happy that we have managed to collect maximum points away from home and we need to plan for the next fixture,” he stated.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :