Malawi TNM Super league defending champions on Saturday emphatically beat their traditional rivals Mighty Be Forward Wanderers 2-0 to lift Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Charity Shield Cup.
The two football giants met at Civo Stadium in an entertaining match organized by the country’s football governing body Football Association of Malawi (Fam) in collaboration with the Malawi Blood Transfusion Service (MBTS).
Playing before huge crowd both teams started the game at a high note but it was Bullets that showed much hunger for a victory as they scored just a minute into the game through their new catch from the rivals’ camp Muhammad Sulumba. Sulumba easily beat goalkeeper Nenani Juwaye formerly of Azam Tigers after wanderers defender failed to clear a through ball.
The early goal saw the Rali Lubani Road boys playing under pressure as Bullets enjoyed the proceedings with Dalitso Sailesi and Fischer Kondowe supplying balls to their fierce strikers relentlessly as Henry Kabichi kept the engine room boiling. Nevertheless, Wanderers created some half chances but their strikers Jimmy Zakazaka and Jabulani Linje lacked a spark to beat Bullets defence commanded by experienced George Nyirenda.
As the Nomads were fighting for an equalizer before the end of the first half, Bullets talisman Chiukepo Msowoya added a second goal which turned to be the last nail on the Wanderers coffin, sending the Red army supporters into wild celebration. Come second half, both teams were a marvel to watch as the Nomads looked more organized following the introduction of Rafik Mussa and Felix Zulu for Mike Kaziputa and Rafik Namwera.
The Nomads mentor Jack Chamangwana also brought in Peter Wadabwa and Nigerian Amos Beld replacing Zakazaka and Linje. The substitution proved good but efforts to get a goal were in vain as the Bullets defence with Ernest Kakhobwe manning the goal posts was just too good for the Nomads strikers to break.
New Bullets coach Franco Ndawa made some changes by bringing in Davie Ng’ambi, Chikondi Likwemba and Mussa Manyenje for Dalitso Sailesi, Bashir Maunde and Sulumba. Long serving member Fischer Kondowe also paved way for Mike Mkwate formerly of relegated FISD Wizards.
After the last whistle, Ndawa praised his charges for playing as planned.
“We told our boys to get an early goal to unsettle the opponents and they did just that. We were in total command after the early goal and could have added a few more if we took all our chances. The result shows we are not one hundred percent perfect and we need to improve in some areas,” said Ndawa.
On the other hand Chamangwana blamed his charges for conceding an early goal.
“Conceding an early goal against our rivals made life difficult for us but after making some changes, we were an improved side in the second half. This was just a warm up match and it has helped us to see who can fit in and who cannot,” said Chamangwana.
The match was scheduled by the Football Association of Malawi in conjunction with the Malawi Blood Transfusion Service to raise funds to buy trolleys for Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH).
Before the match people donated blood that will go to MBTS.