NYASA Big Bullets successfully defended the Chifundo Charity Shield after thrashing Kamuzu Barracks (KB) 3-1 at Civo Stadium yesterday. Striker Muhammad Sulumba was once again the hero when he netted a brace in the first 20 minutes to put the game beyond KB’s reach.
The first was a beauty that impressed the huge crowd including new Flames Coach Ronny Van Geneugden and other high profile officials. Sulumba curled in with his left foot to beat KB’s goalkeeper Amadu Ali in the 4th minute.
Sulumba was once again on the score sheet when he connected from a rebound after Ali had fumbled Fischer Kondowe’s inviting cross. The two teams went for recess with Bullets holding a 2-0 lead. In the second half, KB came with a purpose and pressurised Bullets.
Soon after recess, Mustafa Salimu scored the consolation from the spot when Ernest Kakhobwe had fouled the advancing Diof Simaone. Veteran midfielder, Kondowe sealed the victory with a clinical header. It was game over.
The soldiers tried hard to reduce the score line but in vain. It was another disappointing performance for the soldiers having also lost to Be Forward Wanderers in the Wafawafa Big Four Bonanza recently.
The latest loss should be a wakeup call for the TNM Super League defending champions. KB Coach Billy Phambala got his tactics wrong when he rested some of his stars including Captain Davie Banda, Leman Nthala, Harvey Nkacha and Manase Chiyesa.
The decision cost the soldiers the game as Bullets bossed the midfield with Chimango Kaira and Henry Kabichi on top of their game. After the final whistle, Bullets Head Coach, Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan punched the air to celebrate the victory. “I thank my players for working hard to win it.
KB also played well but we were the better team throughout the game,” Ramadhan said in post-match reaction. For Phambala, it was another bad day but he refused to press a panic button saying the soldiers would recover before the start of the season. “We played well but it was not our day.
We are still trying different combinations and we hope we will catch up before the start of the season,” Phambala said. The Peoples Team won the inaugural Chifundo Charity Shield last season at the same venue after beating rivals Be Forward Wanderers.
Line ups: KB: Amadu Ali, Pempho Kamsichiri, Peter Mpulula, Salimu Mustafa, Nation Harazi, Gift Mbwana, Dan Ziba, Wonderful Tumeyo, Chimwemwe Chisambi, Kelvin Hanganda, Komani Msiska. Bullets: Ernest Kakhobwe, John Lanjesi, Yamikani Fodya, Pilirani Zonda, Chimango Kaira, Dalitso Sailesi, Henry Kabichi, Bashir Maunde, Mussa Manyenje, Muhammad Sulumba.
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