Kondwani Scholes Kumwenda scored the only goal of the game that earned Nyasa Big Bullets all the bragging rights in the much touted Blantyre derby.
It was a game of equal chances in the early minutes but Bullets got the best opportunity 20 minutes into the first half with Chiukepo Msowoya winning a free kick a few yards off Wanderers goal post.
The former Wanderers player scored from the rebound after Richard Chipuwa had fumbled a Pilirani Zonda free kick.
Former Bullets player Jaffalie Chande on the other hand should have leveled the scores five minutes later after receiving a through ball from veteran Joseph Shakira Kamwendo but his shot went off the post.
Chande was at it again a few minutes away from halftime, this time heading wide a Felix Dzulu cross.
Soon after recess, Wanderers looked an improved side but the combination of Chande and Peter Wadabwa failed to outclass Bullets defence led by experienced Yamikani Fodya and Miracle Gabeya.
Bullets had also given young towering defender Felix Nyoni a derby debut and his height made him win most of the aerial balls at the back.
Nomads Coach Eddington Ng’onamo then took off Chande at the hour mark with Khumbo Ng’ambi taking his position.
Apart from Ng’ambi, Ng’onamo also sacrificed Kamwendo and Wadabwa for Jimmy Zakazaka and Allan Bello respectively while Bullets took off Collins Nkhulambe and veteran Fischer Kondowe for Mussa Manyenje and Wanzeru Joseph.
Wanderers almost got the best from their substitutions with Zakazaka and Ng’ambi being denied by Bullets defence. 1-0 the final result to the delight of Bullets Coach Lloyd Nkhwazi.
“What a day. Am really happy with the performance of my players today. Wanderers came hard on us but we proved our supremacy over them by winning.
“The result will motivate us to challenge for top position on the log table now. We are not far from it and we hope to continue from where we have stopped today in our next league assignment,” said Nkhwazi.
In his remarks, Ng’onamo said Bullets were just lucky to escape with a win as they had better possession in the entire game.
“We really deserved a win today. My boys played very well but we’re unlucky not to get the goals needed. We congratulate Bullets for the victory and I hope they now have great chances of retaining the league title. We will go back to the drawing board and rectify where we got wrong today and hope to bounce back better in our next assignment,” said Ng’onamo.
The win means Bullets are unbeaten in 11 league meetings with their oldest arch rival Mighty BeFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :