Live Bullets


Like men freed from detention without trial, Nyasa Big Bullets’ interim Chairperson, Noel Lipipa, and other officials invaded Kamuzu Stadium pitch to celebrate with their fans a 1-0 win over Azam Tigers on Thursday.

Lipipa, his deputy Hassam Jussab and others joined the players on the pitch in dancing and waving at the fans after pint-sized predator Musa Manyenje’s 88th minute winner dumped Tigers out of the cup and out of the stadium.

Following the win, Bullets qualified to the Carlsberg Cup quarterfinals to date either Mafco or Moyale Barracks but in the larger scheme of things, Lipipa, who replaced ousted Sam Chilunga on Sunday, was perhaps delivering a bold statement that ‘oh, yes I am the boss’.


For the better part of the round-of-16 contest, Lipipa sat nervously at the VIP while watching Tigers threatening to spoil the party on this cloudless afternoon.

It was one of the most subdued displays for the Bullets who date Tigers again on Sunday in a TNM Super League match at the same venue.

Tigers’ coach, Gerald Phiri Snr, who stood on the touchline all afternoon, must have felt that this was the closest they came to defeating Bullets who appeared to be merely going in motion, the famous red jersey seemingly too heavy for the likes of Fischer Kondowe and George Nyirenda.


“I cannot fault my players. They played well, “Phiri said in a post-match interview. “The best team has lost today. That is football for you.”

The first half was so boring it sent the fans to sleep in the terraces. The fans occasionally booed and screamed as the players looked clueless as if they were lost in Chikangawa Forest.

There were only two incidents worth recording in the first half. Bullets goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe made an amazing one-handed save to keep out Tigers striker Bright Munthali’s header and Manyenje’s attempt crashed against the bar on the other end.

If Bullets had a bad day at the office, Tigers were simply marvelous with defensive gem Martin Chongwe towering all over at the back, leaving Chiukepo Msowoya with just one shot on target all afternoon.

Tigers had Chongwe policing Msowoya, Yamikani Chester frustrating Kondowe with pace and trickery and Peter Cholopi depriving Dalitso Sailesi of space. Bullets could not penetrate, let alone play from the back.

In the second half, Bullets coach Franco Ndawa replaced Kondowe and Nyirenda with Henry Kabichi and Diverson Mlozi, who offered some attacking impetus.

Nonetheless, Tigers looked dangerous through Chester. But for all their dominance, Tigers strikers Munthali and Alex Mkorongo played too deep and wide; their efforts were further undermined by Tigers’ wingers’ inability to send first balls into the Bullets’ box.

The game seemed headed for post-match penalties only for Musa to decide matters for the depleted Bullets, who were without Bashir Maunde, Pilirani Zonda, Sankhani Mkandawire, Mike Mkwate and Muhamad Sulumba due to various reasons.

Bullets’ starting line-up: Kakhobwe, Chiku Kanyenda, Miracle Gabeya, Yamikani Fodya, Nyirenda (Mlozi), Mcfarlen Ngwira, Kondwani Kumwenda, Sailesi, Kondowe (Kabichi), Manyenje (Emmanuel Zoya), Msowoya.

Tigers’ starting line-up: William Thole, Peter Mpulula, Bonda Mpinganjira, Cholopi, Crifton Kankhuni, Dan Kumwenda, Chongwe, Chester, Stain Pendame (Mapopa Kaunda), Mkorongo (Willy Saenda), Munthali

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