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Nyasa Big Bullets ambush Kamuzu Barracks soldiers

Open 8-point gap, win 1st round battle

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A combination of class and determination was the difference as TNM Super League defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets earned a hard fought 1-0 victory over Kamuzu Barracks in a high tempo match played before a huge crowd at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe Sunday.

The match was destined for a goal-less draw, which could have been a fair result any way, but Nigerian striker Babatunde Adepoju scored with 16 minutes to full time to secure valuable points for Bullets.

Following the victory, Bullets have opened an eight-point gap at the summit of the 16-member log table and are guaranteed of finishing at the top in the first round.

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With one game to go in the first round, Bullets have 38 points from 14 matches whereas second-placed Blue Eagles have 30 points from the same number of matches.

At this stage, Bullets are 14 points above third-placed and rivals Mighty Wanderers and 18 points above fourth-placed Silver Strikers.

However, both Wanderers and Silver have a game in hand.

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But the victory over KB did not come on a silver platter for Bullets as the soldiers matched them in many departments.

After a barren first half which had few scoring opportunities, KB came back a changed side and pressurised Bullets.

However, the soldiers lacked composure in front of goal, with Chimwemwe Chisambi, Zeliat Nkhoma and Kelvin Hanganda being the culprits.

The soldiers were punished as Babatunde beautifully connected a fine pass from defender Gomezgani Chirwa, which gave KB goalkeeper Hastings Banda no chance.

It was a beautiful goal. Bullets fans were in wild celebrations but, on the other hand, it broke the hearts of KB fans.

In post-match reaction, KB Coach Charles Kamanga said it was a painful loss.

“It was a balanced match but we created more chances. Unfortunately, we lacked composure and we were punished, “Kamanga said.

The defeat means the soldiers are on position five with 20 points from 13 matches, just below Silver on goal-difference.

On his part, Bullets Coach Kalisto Pasuwa said the soldiers gave them a good run for their money.

“I am happy that my players played well but it was not an easy match,” Pasuwa said.

Bullets will face Sable Farming in the last match of the first round.

Both sides made some changes during the match.

Elsewhere, Dedza Dynamos defeated Ekwendeni Hammers 3-2 at Dedza Stadium Sunday.

Promise Kamwendo scored a hat-trick for Dedza whereas Isaac Msika and Richard Rapson scored for Hammers. At Karonga Ground, Karonga United and Sable shared the spoils after a 1-1 draw.

Steve Saka scored for the hosts but Chifundo Ngapembe equalised for the rookies.

Meanwhile, there was drama as a policeman was suspected to have been collecting money from the fans at the gate to aid them into the stadium.

The policeman was confronted by some security personnel at the Stadium.

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