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By Lusekero Mhango.
Nyasa Big Bullets Midfield Maestro Kondwani Kumwenda scored the lone goal and was sent off as Bullets defeated Karonga United 1-0 in a hot tempered friendly match played at Karonga Stadium on Saturday.
The game which was played in front of a full capacity cloud was packed with drama and controversies that also saw referee Singilile Mwaoseya replaced early in the second half for failing to control the two sets of players following Kondwani Kumwenda’s controversial red card.
Bullets made a spanking start to the game and should have taken an early led in the 6th minute when BB striker Collens Nkhulambe’s rasping strike from the edge of the penalty area was brilliantly saved by Karonga United custodian Tompale Mwalwanda after a neat exchange with Musa Manyenje.
Despite Bullets starting sharper between the two sides, the rookies looked dangerous on counter attacks with the impressive Shelith Chamama and Aziz Mwakifuna at the heart of Karonga United’s attacks.
However despite enjoying a lion share of possession in the first half Bullets were forced to settle for a goalless draw in the first half by the battling newly promoted Ingwinas.
In the second half the Blantyre based giants started off where they had left, exerting pressure on Karonga United tiring defense, playing off some neat one touch football.
Kondwani Kumwenda finally made a breakthrough 10 minutes into the second half for the carsburg champions when he lashed in the ball into the bottom corner from a loose ball inside Karonga United’s penalty area.
Despite the home side Introducing fresh legs into the game including striker Green Msowoya to breathe life into Karonga United tiring attack, but these did not have any impact to the game as they struggle to put on any meaningful attack against a well-organized Bullets side despite playing with ten men.
Speaking in a post-match interview Bullets skipper Phililani Zonda, praised his team’s performance and work load which they put in.
“The way we started the game, I knew we would come out victorious. We played neat passes, the coordination, and speed was excellent but we just lacked finishing to completely kill of Karonga United,” he said.
However Karonga United coach Christopher Nyambosi, blamed the team’s defeat down to fatigue.
“We haven’t trained that long as we started last week and that showed today especially in the second half but I have seen a lot of positive and negative things in our performance and that’s what I wanted to see,” explained a calm Nyambosi.