By Isaac Salima:
Resilience, experience and determination summed up Nyasa Big Bullets’ performance when they survived a scare from rookies Dedza Dynamos to win 1-0 and displace Blue Eagles at the summit of the TNM Super League table.
Bullets and Eagles are tied at 10 points each and have a similar goal difference of four. But Bullets have scored seven goals against Eagles’ five.
In a match played Wednesday at Balaka Stadium, Bullets collected maximum points from Chimwemwe Idana’s 26th minute strike after being fed by Patrick Mwaungulu.
The People’s Team now has 10 points from four matches.
With seven points each and unbeaten, both teams went into the game looking for maximum points to displace Blue Eagles and the mission looked possible of the game in the first half. for Bullets when they took control
Idana capitalised on Dedza’s awful defending to score the priceless goal.
The Bullets captain combined well with Patrick Mwaungulu, Lanjesi Nkhoma and Babatunde Adepoju to make life difficult for the hosts throughout the first half with persistent forays into their danger zone.
However, the visitors failed to exploit Dedza’s lack of experience to score more goals in the first half.
The debutants also had their moments, with Charles Chipala’s goal being ruled out for offside.
In the second half, Dedza took the game to the defending champions and complemented their attacks with disciplined defending.
Bullets’ defence, led by Kesten Simbi, was also uncompromising in providing the much-needed cover to Rabson Chiyenda in goals.
Dedza are now fourth with seven points after enduring their first defeat while Bullets, who face Mafco at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday, remain unbeaten.
Bullets Coach Kalisto Pasuwa admitted that it was a hard-fought victory.
“We knew that it would be a tough game because Dedza are a good side. But we took our chances and buried the game. Despite pressure in the dying minutes, we used our experience to get the result,” Pasuwa said.
His counterpart Dan Dzinkambani said lack of experience cost them the game.
“We played well in the second half but lacked experience to match our opponents. We lost the game in the first half by allowing them to score that goal. But we had our goal disallowed and we do not know why,” Dzinkambani said.