Nyasa Big Bullets Football Club has defeated their arc rivals Be Forward Wanderers by a goal to 0 to be crowned champions of the 2019 ECO Bank Charity Shield in a game played at the Kamuzu Stadium in Sunday afternoon.
With both teams knowing their is pride at stake for a win, they both featured strong teams and it was seen from the start that supporters who came in large numbers will enjoy the Blantyre derby with mouth watering action.
For the better part of the first half, both teams squandered numerous scoring opportunities with Wanderers goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa being the most busy one of the two goalkeepers as he saved dangerous shots from Chiukepo Msowoya and Patrick Phiri.
Wanderers lead in attack by Babatunde Adepoju and Peter Katsonga failed to break Bullets defence as captain John Lanjesi kept an eye on them that at half time it was goalless.
The second half saw Nyasa Big Bullets being a more composed side on the ball that put Wanderers under pressure.
In the 67th minute midfielder Mike Mkwate who was a thorn to Wanderers players dribbled from the middle of the pack before releasing Chiukepo Msowoya to score for Bullets.
Despite Wanderers making a number of changes bringing in Misheck Botomani and Isaac Kaliyati for Stanly Sanudu and Peter Katsonga, it failed to bring impact as Bullets consolidated the lead that after 90 minutes it was all smiles for Nyasa Big Bullets.
After the match Nyasa Big Bullets head coach Callisto Pasuwa was happy to start the new season with a shield.
“Am a very happy man but the game was tough but considering the fact that we scored a goal to win the match and the boys showed character to fight. Am even much impressed with defender Charles Petro in defence whom we have promoted from our reserve side ”
“Definately am happy with how we are knocking the ball around and keeping it away from our opposition and the speed when we are going forward “, said Pasuwa.
Team manager for Be Forward Wanderers, Steve Madeira said the loss is an eye opener to them.
“Too bad we have lost as we wanted to win but their is always next time and this should be an eye opener to us to see where we need to improve as we have two weeks before the start of the TNM Super League “,Madeira said.
ECO Bank who sponsored the 2019 Charity Shield through their marketing manager Takondwa Chirwa said
“As ECO Bank we are happy to be part of this great tournament and as a bank we are here to stay and we are to partner with Football Association of Malawi that we be the sponsors tournament even in the years coming and we are going to work hand in hand with the winners Nyasa Big Bullets who will be our ambassador.
On their side, Football Association of Malawi through its head of Marketing Limbani Matola said everything has ended well.
“It is well when it ends well and for us the whole thing was planned to send a strong message to the whole world not just Malawi that Malawians are saying no to killings of people with Albinism and I think that message has been well delivered as people have seen here that as Malawians we can live together and co-exist and every one being free as the warm heart of Africa and we thank ECO Bank for coming in to sponsor the tournament this year “, said Matola.
In another match played on the afternoon for the third place spot, Masters Security Football Club defeated Blue Eagles Football Club by 5 goals to 4 on post match penalties after it ended in a 1 all draw during regulation time.
Nyasa Big Bullets Football Club has won the Charity Shield four consecutive times since its introduction in 2016 all gate collections from the 2 days tournament will go to the Association of people with Albinism (APAM) as the tournament was used to spread the message against the Albino killings under the theme “One love stop the killings”.
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My name is Blessings Mpando from Lilongwe district born in December 1994. I am a Christian and a member of CCAP. I grew up in Lilongwe and completed my secondary education in 2010 before going on to complete my diploma in journalism at the Polytechnic Continuing Centre.