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By Mphatso Malidadi:

TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets woke up from their slumber to thump Karonga United 5-0 at Kamuzu Stadium Sunday.

It was a timely response from the People’s Team as a section of their supporters had been calling for Coach Kallisto Pasuwa’s head after a winless run of three games.

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The win took Bullets to fifth on the table with 22 points from 12 games.

However, the victory came at a price as Bullets lost defenders Gomezgani Chirwa and Bashir Maunde to injuries.

This is bad news for Bullets ahead of Saturday’s derby against archrivals Be Forward Wanderers.

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Twin strikers Hassan Kajoke and Chiukepo Msowoya scored a brace each to inspire Bullets to victory.

Right fullback Pilirani Zonda stepped from the bench to score with a thunderous shot that wrapped up the match.

Kajoke opened the scores with a deft finish in the seventh minute before adding another from the penalty spot six minutes later.

It was the perfect start which Bullets needed and, as the game wore on, Msowoya found the back of the net with five minutes to half time.

Karonga midfielder, Victor Lungu, showed flashes of brilliance but lacked the magic to turn around the visitors’ fortunes.

After resumption, Chiukepo completed his brace and Bullets’ fourth whereas Zonda sealed the contest with one of the season’s best goals.

Pasuwa said they were lucky to beat Karonga by a big margin.

“In our last two games, it was our opponents’ goalkeepers who were winning Man-of-the-Match awards. This meant that we were creating a lot of chances but were not scoring. We are now scoring and my only concern is on the injuries to our defenders,” Pasuwa said.

Karonga Coach, Dan Dzinkambani, said they gave the match away.

In another game played Sunday, Mzuni collected full points and a 3-0 victory after hosts Masters Security failed to show up for the match at Dedza Stadium.

Masters players have been boycotting training as they demand payment of their dues and the situation worsened with the game boycott.

Civil Sporting Club drew 1-1 with Chitipa United at Civo Stadium, with Timothy Chitedze scoring for the hosts while Peter Mughogho converted for Chitipa.

Meanwhile, Kamuzu Barracks (KB) have returned to the top of the table following their goalless draw with TN Stars at Kasungu Stadium.

KB lead with 27 points from 12 games whereas Be Forward Wanderers are second with 26 points having played 11 matches

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