Malawi Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets and visiting Dynamos FC from Zimbabwe Sunday, February 6, 2016 played a goalless draw in their second international friendly played before a huge crowd at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
Fresh from a 1-0 beating of the visitors at Kamuzu Stadium the previous day, the hosts picked up from where they had left in Blantyre, restricting Dynamos in their own half but could not find the net.
Former Be Forward Wanderers striker Muhammed Sulumba had a chance to punish Dynamos midway into the first half, when he ghosted into the edge of the 1-yard box only to see his header of a Chiukepo Msowoya cross bumping against the cross-bar before the ball went into touch.
Dynamos responded moments later with a swift counter-attack but were also denied by the wood-work.
On the resumption, Dynamos introduced their first choice goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva, who was in between the posts when Zimbabwe’s Warriors defeated Malawi’s Flames in the first leg of an Africa Cup of Nations group qualifier at Kamuzu Stadium.
Apart from dealing with long throw-inns from former Civo United left back Emmanuel Zoya, the Zimbabwe international was rarely tested by the Bullets’ striking force of Chiukepo Msowoya and Sulumba as Dynamos tightened their defence and midfield.
Bullets made a total of six changes in the second half, introducing Davie Ng’ambi, Miracle Gabeya and former Dedza United midfielder Amadu Makawa for Fischer Kondowe, George Nyirenda and Chiku Kanyenda and later bring in Diverson Mlozi, Niyikiza Ayimable and Yamikani Fodya for Msowoya, Sulumba and Dalitso Sailesi.
Dynamos, who were the better side in the last half also made several changes but neither side was able to find the opponents’ net.
Despite losing the two-legged international friendly matches on 1-0 aggregate, Dynamos Portuguese coach Paulo Silva expressed satisfaction with the performance of his charges.
“We were assessing our new players and trying different combinations and the two games have given me a good opportunity to see where we are strong and where we need to improve,” said Silva.
Bullets’ team manager Rahim Ishmael said his side was also trying to find the right combinations after acquiring several new faces.
“Just like us, Dynamos are the champions and the most popular team in Zimbabwe. They have given us a good chance to look at our new players and see how they can blend with the old guards,” said Ishmael.