Newly appointed Bullets Football Club coach Erdington Ng’onamo on Sunday registered his first win with the struggling unsponsored side after beating fellow strugglers Embangweni FC narrowly 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium.
The sole goal for the sleeping soccer giants came five minutes into the second half through Godfrey Masonda after he tapped in a well taken cross by budding national team material Komani Msiska.
Ng’onamo who took over the team last week replacing Lloyd Nkhwazi admitted at the end of the match that he had a lot of work to transform the team having seen them completely fail to dictate the events against a team that is playing in the country’s major league for the first time.
He told reporters after the game that he was delighted to start on a positive and he hoped the club have turned the corner.
The coach was challenged to win 5 games in a row in the second round to improve the team’s positioning on the log table.
Ng’onamo said he hoped his side could now begin to put their troubles behind them and climb the league.
Bullets displayed a totally disjointed game throughout as they failed to properly control the ball and put it down to the disbelief of the coach who kept on shaking his head.
However, not all was garbage for the Bullets as apart from their goal which earned them the crucial three points, they twice came close to grabbing another goal after match-maker Msiska hit the cross bar and Luke Jere’s shot ended up kissing the side netting.
But for sure, the visiting Mzimba based side were just unlucky not to get a goal or carry the day as they looked a more organised team and played better than the Peoples Team.
On a number of occasions they perfectly taught Bullets some football lessons but Uchizi Nkunika and Steve Kamanga could not just see the back of their host’s net jealously guarded by fading Flames’ goalkeeper Swadick Sanudi.
“We prepared very well for our trip here [Blantyre] but it’s frustrating that after a great performance at the end of the day the results go the other side, yesterday it was also the same song. We missed a lot of chances where we could not miss and that cost us the game that we could have easily won,” said a visibly disappointed Embangweni FC coach Katenge Mwafulirwa.
The Embangweni boys have been bad tourists over the weekend after donating all the six points. On Saturday, they lost 4-1 to Blantyre United at the same venue.
He added: “Luck has certainly not been on our side this weekend but we are not under panic, just give us three weeks I have different words altogether.”
His counterpart from the Bullets side said despite being delighted for winning his first game with the team, he has a mountain to climb if the team is to start producing results.
“I am happy with the win though we struggled here and there especially in the second half where we played an incoherent match. But I must say there is really a lot of work to do which I already observed that’s why in today’s game I had to improvise some players in defence… So from next week I will have to start working on endurance,” said Ng’onamo, one of the well travelled and decorated local coaches.
Immediately after his appointment as Bullets head coach, Ng’onamo recommended to the team’s management to have former national team striker and Mighty Wanderers deputy coach Gerald Phiri as his deputy.
Ng’onamo and Phiri attended the interviews that saw the former getting the nod of Bullets management.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :