Free scoring Bullets hammer Red Lions


By Antony Isaiah Jr:

‘Free-scoring’ Nyasa Big Bullets came from behind to beat Red Lions in a game played at Kamuzu Stadium on Wednesday afternoon in the Tnm superleague encounter.

Kalisto Pasuwa made two changes from the team that started in FDH Bank Cup game against Mighty Mukuru Wanderers as Nixon Nyasulu and Alick Lungu replaced John Lanjesi and Precious Sambani respectively.

Anthony Mfune, Hassan Kajoke and Patrick Mwaungulu started as the front-three players with supply of balls from Chimwemwe Idana, Frank Willard and Ernest Petro.

On the other hand, Red Lions coach, Mike Kumanga entrusted Clement Mlomba in goals with Hankey Machira, James Mwetse, Mathews Boloweza and Humphreys Minandi formed the back four.

Chikoti Chirwa, Andrew Biyo, Charles Minondo and Khumbo Banda were in the engine room while Moses Namkumba and Borniface Kaulesi paired up as the twin Strikers.

Red Lions spotted weakness in Bullets’ defence and they penetrated through the right Flank where Alick Lungu was defending and they took the lead first.

Mathews Boloweza outsmarted Bullets’ left back, Alick before floating a brilliant cross that was connected home by Moses Namkumba, rising higher than two short-sized Bullets’ centre halves, beating Richard Chimbamba who was manning the posts.

Alick Lungu repented his sins when he levelled the scores just minutes after Namkumba’s strike. Chimwemwe Idana bossed the midfield and unselfishly spotted Lungu on his left, and the young man beat Mathews Boloweza before smashing it home.

Hassan Kajoke put Bullets in front in the second half after connecting home Patrick Mwaungulu’s corner-kick before Babatunde Adepoju came off the bench to seal the victory.

The victory sees Blantyre giants opening a 11-point gap over Kamuzu Barracks who occupy the second place. Bullets have 55 points from 21 games while the Venom, KB have 44 from 23 games.

Red Lions remain 13th with 25 points from 25 games.

The people’s team will return in action on Sunday as they face Civo Service United at Kamuzu Stadium.

Bullets complete double over Red Lions after two years

They have been struggling to beat Red Lions as of late when they meet at Kamuzu Stadium. Kalisto Pasuwa knew it before the game and he hinted it during pre-match pressing.

“They are [Red Lions] a good team when playing us. Last time at Kamuzu Stadium, we struggled against them and they are very physical and they can pull a surprise against us. We have been preparing ourselves to play very well against them,” said Pasuwa before the game.

The Tactician made it sure that what happened in the second round of the 2021 tnm Super League should not he repeated. Bullets came from behind to force a 3-all stalemate against Zomba based Soldiers last season.

From the onset, Bullets looked very dangerous when attacking but the Lions’ goalminder was very attentive, denying them from finding the roof of the net.

Profligacy and some wonderful goalkeeping from Mlomba kept Bullets at bay until Red Lions took lead in the 25th minute through Namkumba.

The worst came from Hassan Kajoke who nearly broke the deadlock after being played through by Anthony Mfune who was operating from the left flank interchangeably with Kajoke but the striker’s blazed wide.

In the second half, Bullets showed their ability to play on the front foot with high intensity, they demonstrated nous to behind in a tough circumstances against tough opponents who are fighting for survival.

Anthony Mfune who shined in Blantyre Derby drove Lion’s defence to the left before drilling a hammer shot but it was broken for a corner that Mwaungulu took and Hassan Kajoke headed it home.

Patrick Mwaungulu invited Red Lions goalkeeper for a save after going on one-on-one situation.

For the second time in row, Babatunde Adepoju came off the bench to find himself on yhe scoresheet after replacing Hassan Kajoke 10 minutes from the recess.

Patrick Mwaungulu swung the ball into the box finding the Nigerian forward who beat offside trap to extend his tally to 13 this season.

This is Bullets’ first double over Red Lions after two years as they beat them in the first round at Balaka Stadium.

Bullets continue with their unbeaten run

372 days have gone since Nyasa Big Bullets last defeat in the domestic football. They were beaten by Mighty Mukuru Wanderers last season in the tnm Super League in the second round.

The people’s team have played over 29 games from that time and they are yet to taste a defeat.

This season, they have played 21 games, drawing 4, winning 17.

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