Second half strikes from Chimwemwe Idana and Chiukepo Msowoya inspired Nyasa Big Bullets to a hard-fought 2-0 victory over resilient Kamuzu Barracks in the TNM Super League on Wednesday afternoon at Kamuzu Stadium.
Head coach Kalisto Pasuwa maintained the same starting XI that thumped Blue Eagles 4-0 on Sunday.
The early exchanges saw both sides fighting hard to retain possession in midfield while struggling to break down each other’s defences.
However, it was Bullets who got the better of their visitors and should have gone front when Peter Banda was found unmarked inside the penalty box only to see his well struck shot saved by Bonage Lweya.
The hosts were dealt with a massive blow when left back Sankhani Mkandawire was substituted for Yamikani Fodya after sustaining a shoulder injury.
Bullets had another chance to open the scoreline when Mike Mkwate combined well with Idana before releasing Kajoke who found himself one-on-one with Lweya, only to be denied by the shot-stopper before Mkwate’s rebound went over the crossbar.
At the other end, the visitors created their first chance through Manase Chiyesa, whose thunderous shot was well saved by Rabson Chiyenda for a corner.
Bullets came close in the 43rd minute when Peter’s cross found Righteous Banda who smashed his shot wide.
In the second half it was a one-sided affair as Bullets attacked from all angles to try to break the deadlock but Sam Chivunde was too solid at the back for the visitors.
Mkwate was the first to test Lweya with a brilliant shot outside the penalty box, but Lweya was once again equal to the task.
Bullets were all over the pitch but to put the ball past Lweya proved too difficult as the shot-stopper was very outstanding between the two posts.
The People’s Team had to bring on board veterans Fischer Kondowe and Chiukepo Msowoya for Mkwate and Righteous to try to find the important goal.
The visitors then introduced Marshal Maluwa for Francisco Kamdzeka.
Despite the visitors’ resilient at the back, Bullets found the opener in the 72nd minute when Idana chipped Lweya with a powerful header after a counter attack from Hassan Kajoke.
The goal forced the visitors to open up and attacked Bullets in search for an equalizer but Charles Petro’s led defence was too strong to unlock.
With less than five minutes to go on the clock, Banda’s brilliant free kick was once again saved by Lweya, leaving every Bullets fan in total disbelief.
Bullets’ ascendancy was turned into a second goal in the 88th minute when Chimango Kayira provided an assist, putting Msowoya through with a deft lofted diagonal ball which the striker powered home with one of his signature headers to the delight of the home fans, 2-0.
The Lilongwe-based soldiers, who won the reverse fixture 1-0 at their backyard, tried their level best to reduce the arrears but the hosts stood firm to come out with a clean sheet and maximum points.
The win sees Bullets maintaining a one point lead over the second placed Be Forward Wanderers with 58 points from 26 games. The Nomads were 1-0 victors over Masters Security away in Lilongwe.
Bullets will travel to Lilongwe this week to play against Silver Strikers on Sunday and Civil Sporting Club on Wednesday.