Nyasa Big Bullets were in top form as they scored five past Karonga United in a TNM Super League match on Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium.
Hassan Kajoke and Chiukepo Msowoya netted a brace each as Pilirani Zonda also registered his name on the scoresheet as reigning champions walloped the visiting team 5-0.
Bullets went into the home game looking for nothing but a win after dropping five points away in the central region last weekend.
The People’s Team suffered a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Kamuzu Barracks last Saturday, before sharing the spoils with Masters Security 24 hours later.
Kajoke fired Bullets ahead in the eighth minute before he doubled the lead from the spot five minutes later after Mike Mkwate was tripped inside the visitors’ penalty box.
The Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve graduate had a great opportunity to fire his third goal within 20 minutes after being fed by Chimwemwe Idana, unfortunately he struck off target after 18 minutes, and two minutes later headed Mike Mkwate’s pass over the bar.
Karonga nearly pulled a goal back in the 26th minute following a defensive mistake allowed the visitors to create space and shoot, but they sent the ball wide; before goalkeeper Khumbo Msowoya on the other end denied Kajoke a chance from close range a minute later as he forced his shot over the bar to concede a corner kick.
Bullets suffered a setback as Gomegzani Chirwa picked an injury and was stretched off the pitch in the 36th minute.
Karonga nearly found the back of the net after sending a low ball on target, which Bullets goalkeeper Rabson Chiyenda fumbled before recovering to protect it from danger.
Msowoya increased Bullets’ lead in the 39th minute after Peter Banda weaved his way through the visitors’ defence before laying the ball to the unmarked striker who pounced into the back of the net.
Coach Kalisto Pasuwa trusted the services of Nixon Nyasulu, a defender he has roped into the main team from the reserve side a week ago, as he handed the youthful fullback his competitive debut to replace injured Chirwa four minutes before the close of the first half as Bullets led 3-0.
The People’s Team had another blow as Bashir Maunde, who was partnering Charles Petro in central defence, failed to return from recess due to an injury and was replaced by Zonda, who took Nyasulu’s position in right defence and the youngster went to partner Petro.
Bullets nearly grabbed a fourth goal five minutes into the second half created by Mkwate and Peter Banda who exchanged beautiful passes in the 18-yard area before releasing the ball to Idana who set Msowoya, however the striker headed wide.
Msowoya utilized another chance he got in the 62nd minute as he took the ball home from a rebound after his brother Happy, who was manning Karonga United’s goal, had fumbled a close range shot from Kajoke.
Man of the Match Chimango Kayira nearly got his name on the scoresheet as he sent a missile from 30 yards only to be denied by the visiting side’s shot stopper, who parried the ball away to keep it out of danger.
In the 67th minute Karonga had the ball into the back of Bullets’ net but the goal was disallowed for offside.
Kayira paved the way for Ben Manyozo with five minutes to go and the defending midfielder contributed to Bullets’ fifth goal through a move that was built from the back after receiving the ball from Nyasulu and laid it to Idana who spotted Zonda on the right. The wingback dribbled past his opponent before he volleyed it home into the far corner of the net from 40 yards to make it 5-0.
Chiyenda made a brilliant save to deny substitute Mavuto Mwenechilanga an opportunity to score a consolation goal from close range and maintain a clean sheet in Bullets’ twelfth league match this season.
Despite the win, Bullets are still fifth on the standings with 22 points, five below leaders Kamuzu Barracks, who have also played 12 games.