By Isaac Salima
Nyasa Big Bullets yesterday underlined a bold statement of intent to defend the TNM Super League when they displayed a spirited performance to hand Ekwendeni Hammers their first defeat in the league after beating them 3-1 at Kamuzu Stadium.
Mcfallen Mgwira, Babatunde Adepoju and Hassan Kajoke scored for the People’s Team to collect their second maximum points after beating Mighty Wanderers in the opening game of the league.
The victory though did not come on a silver platter as the visitors were resilient throughout only for inexperience to cost them the game, especially in the last half.
Mgwira opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when he slot in a fumbled ball by Ekwendeni goalie Chancy Ntete.
Calm, organised and classic, the visitors were a marvel to watch as they defended and attacked in numbers only to fall short of fire power upfront.
Bullets reorganised themselves in the final half and took the game to Ekwendeni and Adepoju added the second when he finished an excellent change of passes in the build-up by Precious Sambani, Mgwira and Chimwemwe Idana.
Substitute Joseph Mbewe for Ekwendeni reduced the score-line in the 68th minute but another substitute Kajoke frustrated the visitors’ effort for a comeback seven minutes from time when he pounced on a loose ball to end the game 3-1.
The Hammers’ coach Etson Kadenge Mwafulirwa conceded that inexperience was their main undoing factor.
“We played well but we lacked experience. We were playing against an experience team but all in all the journey is still on,” Mwafulirwa said.
Bullets assistant coach Peter Mponda hailed his players for the victory.
“We did not utilise most of our chances, especially in the first half but we are happy to win the game,” Mponda said.
At Mzuzu Stadium, Blue Eagles left it late to beat Moyale Barracks 1-0 to remain at the top of the table with nine points from three games.
Chikondi Mvula scored the lone goal in the 90th minute to secure full points for the Area 30 side.
In military affair, Mafco’s struggles continued when they lost to Red Lions 2-0 at Civo Stadium.
Chikoti Chirwa and Ronald Pangani scored for Lions.