Silver Strikers opened their TNM Super League title defence with a resounding 4-0 victory against Big Bullets in a match played at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday.
Bullets were in awful form and their day was spoiled in the opening 10 minutes when their captain
Fischer Kondowe was stretched off the field of play after receiving a knock on his right leg.
Two minutes later another misery fall on Bullets FC when Douglas Chirambo was shown marching orders by the referee Jones Makhuwira for foul language.
Makhuwira at first showed a yellow card before sending off Chirambo after he had altered an abusive word on the referee.
Silver Strikers captain Dave Moya led the baptism of fire on Bullets in the 23rd minutes into the first half slotting the ball home from the close range after receiving a decent hard and low cross from Jester Mulima.
Bullets could have equalized in the 35th minute but Grant Lungu’s 35 meters drive free kick missed the goal mouth by a whisker.
In the second half, Bullets F.C gave false hopes of revival in the early but lost rhythm in the 9th minute when Asedi Ayami headed in a Dave Moya’s cross beating Bullets goal custodian Vincent Gona who had a bad afternoon.
Silver continued to dominate with Young Chimodzi Junior, Peter Pindani and Clement Mvula controlling the proceedings on the central midfield.
Substitute Rodrick Gonani who replaced Green Harawa made it 3-0 when he headed in another pin point cross from Moya, who engineered three of Silver’s goals.
As everyone thought it was over, Gonani put his name on the score sheet again in the 87th minute after some nice footwork from substitute Tony Chitsulo who replaced Peter Pindani.
Bullets also tried to make some changes bringing in Keston Masonda but his introduction paid no dividends.
Speaking after the match, Bullets F.C coach Gerald Phiri conceded the defeat but attributed the wide goal margin to the injury of their captain Fisher Kondowe and red card on Chirambo.
“Off course we have lost the game but this is due to injury of Fischer and the red card of Douglas that contributed to our fall,” said Phiri.
His counterpart Thom Nkolongo said he was delighted with the win, saying it was “a fantastic start” of the season.”
Before Bullets and Silver game, several activities took place as part of the launch of the glamorous 2012-2013 K65 Million TNM Super League.
The activities included social football and musical performance by the famous Fikisa who are behind the hit song Akamwire.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :