After challenging Zimbabwe giants ‘Dynamos’, Nyasa Big Bullets turned Kamuzu stadium into a theater of wild celebrations for both their sponsors and supporters as they brushed aside their resilient opponents to a 1-0 win on Saturday in a lively encounter witnessed by multitudes.
Dynamos defender Augustine Mbara’s own goal after deflected George Nyirenda’s long-range shot into his net in the 82nd minute, made sure the hosts were over the advantage as they travelled to Lilongwe for a second match played at Civo Stadium on Sunday.
Substitute Nyirenda deserved credit as his powerful shot from outside the box could not be stopped by Dynamos goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga.
The visitors tried to come back into the game, but substitute King Nasama’s goal was disallowed after referee Dennis Ngulube saw an infringement on Bullets goalkeeper Owen Chaima.
“I am lost for words to describe my joy today. I am simply very excited!” marveled NMC managing director Dimitri Kalaitzis after the game.
For Ndawa, the victory scored a point against a section of Bullets executive committee and fans who opposed to his appointment.
“I am happy with the win. However, the storm is not over yet. We need to win again tomorrow in Lilongwe if we really need to be praised,” said Ndawa.
Dynamos coach Paulo Jorge da Silva dos Santos played down the defeat, describing it as a mere training game.
“For me, this was just a training game. Although my team was technically better on the field and could not convert their scoring chances, I am still happy with the performance. In spite of that, tomorrow I will feature a different squad,” said the former Portuguese international on Saturday.
The two matches mark the official launch of the K500 million five-year Nyasa Manufacturing (NMC) sponsorship of Bullets.