Nyasa Big Bullets on Sunday overcame resilient Mangochi Select 3-1 during an entertaining friendly that was played at Mangochi Stadium.
Featuring a strong squad, Bullets started the game on a high, pressing Mangochi in their own half, but the hosts were equal to the task in the opening five minutes.
However, in the 10th minute, Mike Mkwate broke the deadlock after connecting home with his left foot, following a pass from veteran winger Fischer Kondowe.
Five minutes later, striker Bright Munthali scored the second goal for the People’s Team.
Kondowe and Mkwate were also involved in the build up to the goal.
Despite being two goals down, Mangochi kept on pressing, taking advantage of Bullets’ struggling midfield which Nelson Kangunje marshalled.
Bullets failed to show their supremacy over Mangochi’s midfield of Wellington Nkunkhule, Hassan Kajoke and Wellington Bizzare.
I n the 34th minute, Mangochi pulled one back through Julius Kutumbi, who scored from long range after a good exchange of passes with the hosts’ most outstanding player, Luke Chitani.
However, Bullets restored their two-goal cushion three minutes later when they scored through Patrick Phiri following a goal-mouth scramble, beating Mangochi goalkeeper Musa Katawala.
The first-half ended 3-1 in favour of Bullets. In the second-half, Mangochi organised their defence to limit the damage.
In a post-match interview, Mangochi Coach, Moses Chimbetete, said his charges failed to contain Bullets because most of his players are not used to playing before huge crowds as was the case on Sunday.
Bullets Coach, Rodgers Yasin, said he was pleased with the win over Mangochi, who he described as a competitive team.
“We will continue playing teams across the country because we want to connect with the team’s supporters. We are happy that the game has given us the test we were looking for,” Yasin said.
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