By Antony Isaiah Jr:……
Nyasa Big Bullets have won the 2022 tnm Super League with two games to go before wrapping up the season after beating Moyale Barracks by 3 goals to 1 at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Lanjesi Nkhoma who was a thorn in the Bush for Bullets bagged a brace while Gomezgani Chirwa scored for the hosts and Lloyd Njaliwa netted a consolation goal for Kananji’s Soldiers.
WHAT HAPPENED? Fresh from beating Mighty Tigers, Kalisto Pasuwa Coach for Nyasa Big Bullets maintained the same team while Moyale Barracks through their Coach, Prichard Mwansa made as Chisomo Magombo and Maneno Nyoni replaced Timothy Nyirenda and Innocent Botoman.
Kalisto Pasuwa and his men were just in need of a point and a draw was enough for them to defend the league and win it for the fourth time in four years- they won it in 2018, 2019, 2020-21 and 2022.
Fueled by a win over Mighty Mukuru Wanderers, Moyale Barracks went into the game hoping to get their first win in the league at Kamuzu Stadium against Bullets since 2008.
The people’s team started the game with hungry for an early lead and their dominance got paid off in the 20th minute through Lanjesi Nkhoma.
Nyasa Big Bullets spotted weakness in Moyale’s defence and the loopholes were in their wing-backs where Ntopicho Njewa and Chisomo Magombo were operating from.
The people’s team used their pacey wing attackers to press the pressing button and Moyale Barracks’ defence opened up as Chimwemwe Idana played Precious Sambani through the offensive zone. The full-back swinged in a ball that found Lanjesi Nkhoma who nodded it home to give the people’s team a lead.
Long balls from Moyale’s defence made it so easy for Nyasa Big Bullets defence to defend them and their Strikers were like peripherals that are not being supplied with oxygenated blood, they were dry and the hosts looked so good for the visitors.
The intention to get the league over the line was spotted from the word go as Patrick Mwaungulu twice missed the target in the first 15 minutes. The midfielder blazed over the bar in the 2nd minute before Chimwemwe Idana used his left foot to rifle the ball wide later, Moyale escaped away from conceding an early goal.
Babatunde Adepoju nearly grabbed his first goal after being played through by Patrick Mwaungulu but the towering striker hammered the ball wide before Gomezgani Chirwa thickened the lead.
A long ball from Nixon Nyasulu found Gomezgani Chirwa on the far right and the full-back saw Macdonald Harawa off his line and he just lifted the ball into the net.
Moyale Barracks nearly stabbed themselves as Maneno tried to clear Chirwa’s cross and the ball missed the upright with just inches and Bullets had a corner that was well defended by Moyale.
After the recess, the hosts started where they left and nearly grabbed the third goal as Patrick Mwaungulu invited a save from Harawa before Nkhoma nodded home the third goal.
Nyasa Big Bullets had an attacking room on the left flank and a good exchange of passes with Chimwemwe Idana and the left forward had a fine finish to send the Ndirande stand into celebration together with the Chief Executive Officer of the team Suzgo Nyirenda who was cheering up the team.
Prichard Mwansa made a change by taking out the struggling Chisomo Magombo for Innocent Botoman. The full-back tried to stop Bullets’ flying winger and Moyale Barracks gained the momentum of the game.
Lloyd Njaliwa reduced the arrears after heading home Magaga’s ball. Nyasa Big Bullets conceded a free-kick just outside the penalty area and Brown Magaga lifted the ball spotting Njaliwa who rose into the air, beating Clever Mkungula.
Njaliwa nearly grabbed the second as he rattled the post after connecting home the corner that was swung in by Brown Magaga.
Stanley Billiati and Precious Phiri replaced Lanjesi Nkhoma and Patrick Mwaungulu respectively to add up the fireworks.
Fatigue was spotted in Bullets’ players and Moyale Barracks were a better team in the last 15 minutes but the defence that was led by Hadji Wali was very solid, keeping Njaliwa, Phiri at bay.
Babatunde Adepoju broke through the defence from his own half but he lacked the support and his effort went marginally wide.
Hassan Kajoke replaced Babatunde Adepoju with 6 minutes before the last whistle. Peter Mponda stood on the touchline, Kalisto Pasuwa stood high in the technical box, waiting for the last whistle to be crowned as the Champions of the league- saying “We have done our part.”
Gomezgani Chirwa went inside Moyale’s half and hammered a thunderbolt that flew over the bar.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Nyasa Big Bullets have won the league with 2 games left, a feet that they had in 2015 when they won the league with some games to go.
Nyasa Big Bullets now have 67 points from 28 games, 8 points above the second placed, Blue Eagles who have 59 points- if Eagles win their remaining two games, they will have 65 points.
WHAT NEXT? Nyasa Big Bullets will welcome Karonga United in their next game while Moyale Barracks are going home with 3 points after beating Wanderers on Wednesday and they have wrapped up their season with 46 points- they might slip to position 8 should Dedza Dynamos win their remaining two games.