Nyasa Big Bullets Sunday earned Blantyre City bragging rights after beating Be Forward Wanderers 1-0 in a TNM Super League match at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.
For all the early promise after beating their rivals in three consecutive games in the Bus Ipite Bonanza and Big-Four Bonanza, the Nomads met their fate as Bullets stopped them from running away with the league.
Surely, the defeat could be a devastating blow to the Nomads as the gap between them and Bullets was cut to seven points.
After the final whistle, Bullets players and officials turned the stadium into a theatre of celebrations.
Wanderers’ players and fans trooped out of the stadium crest-fallen.
The derby’s hero was defender Emmanuel Zoya who scored after just eight minutes when he tapped in from close range. Zoya punched the thin air, celebrating his first derby goal since moving to Bullets from Civil Sporting Club.
It was the Nomads’ second league loss of the season. Wanderers still lead the log table with 28 points from 12 games. Bullets have 21 points from 12 games.
The Nomads defender Lucky Malata hit the post in the first-half whereas striker Precious Msosa missed decent scoring chances.
Bullets led 1-0 at half-time. After recess, Bullets introduced Mussa Manyenje and George Nyirenda to contain Wanderers pressure.
Mike Mkwate of Bullets, with his deft passes, disturbed Wanderers, who a l so brought in Isaac Kaliyati and Peter Wadabwa.
Kaliyati brought life into the Nomads’ attack with excellent passes whereas in the other camp, veteran forward Chiukepo Msowoya missed two golden chances.
The absence of Joseph Kamwendo also affected Wanderers’ creativity.
In a post-match reaction, Bullets Interim Coach, Elia Kananji said: “Our plan was to deny Wanderers more possession and hammer them with an early goal. I am happy because it worked.”
His opposite number, Yasin Osman, conceded defeat, saying: “We started the game on a low and we also struggled to coordinate well in the early stages. But we improved and the players did well but it was not our day.”
Bullets: Ernest Kakhobwe, Zoya, Yamikani Fodya, Bashir Maunde,Pilirani Zonda, Chimango Kayira, Fisher Kondowe, Mkwate, Bright Munthali, Msowoya.
Wanderers : Richard Chipuwa, Stanley Sanudi, Foster Namwera, Bongani Kaipa, Malata, Alfred Manyozo Jnr, Rafik Namwera,Felix Zulu, Jafali Chande, Yamikani Chester, Msosa.
A vibrant writer who gives a great insight on hot topics and issues