Nyasa Big Bullets are six points clear at the top of the TNM Super League table following Sunday’s 2-0 victory against Nchalo United at Mulanje Park.
It was a great start to the second-round as Nelson Kangunje and Mike Mkwate scored in both halves to take Bullets’ tally to 38 points, six ahead of second-placed Silver Strikers.
The People’s Team would have opened the score sheet as early as the first minute but Chiukepo Msowoya squandered the first opportunity with his shot going wide – which was followed by Nchalo’s attempt that went off target a minute later.
Patrick Phiri became close to putting NBB in the lead after beating a man in the air before he opened fire, however his effort was saved by the visiting goalkeeper.
Kangunje had two attempts in the 15th and 21st minutes, which both went over the bar, but it was 10 minutes later when the attacking midfielder won the ball in the 18-yard area and composed himself before he volleyed it past Nchalo ‘keeper .
In the 43rd minute Msowoya became close to putting Bullets two goals up, however he was unfortunate as his bicycle kick went wide. Bullets led 1-0 at half-time.
The visitors made two changes at the start of the second half and the substitutions recharged the bottom-placed side.
They dominated play in Bullets half and looked dangerous in attack, but goalkeeper Rabson Chiyenda was too good to allow the Lower Shire side equalize as they came close in the 50th minute, before launching another offensive move three minutes later, then again Chiyenda did fantastic.
Bullets were forced to change the system of play after injured striker Patrick Phiri was replaced by Mike Mkwate with half an hour to go, switching from 3-4-3 to 3-5-2.
NBB had a chance coming from Righteous Banda’s corner kick; however Msowoya saw his commanding header cleared off the goal line.
19-year-old right winger Ernest Petro came on for long-serving Fischer Kondowe in the 74th minute.
The youngster’s combination with Mkwate in midfield was beautiful as the two jelled very well and Bullets started pushing forward again until the 83rd minute when the number 10 netted BB’s second goal that sealed all the points for The People’s Team.
Bullets have now registered 11 wins, with five draws and no loss in 16 matches.
Having lost 2-1 to Azam Tigers on Saturday, Silver Strikers have 32 points, while third-placed BE Forward Wanderers have 31 points. Civil Sporting Club comes fourth with 26 points. At the bottom of the table is Nchalo United with 10 points from the same number of games, 16.