Nyasa Big Bullets have claimed the second spot behind their archrivals Be Forward Wanderers on the TNM Super League log table after thrashing bottom-placed Dwangwa United 3-1 at Chitowe Stadium on Saturday.
Patrick Phiri opened the score sheet with his eighth-minute strike before Peter Banda netted a brace at 16 and 39 minutes, while the hosts pulled one back courtesy of Blessings Singini.
The brace earned Banda the player of the match accolade.
The People’s team have finished their season’s first round games with 29 points, but their safety on the position depends on the outcome of the match involving the current third-place team Kamuzu Barracks and Mzuni at Kasungu Stadium on Sunday.
This will also be the last match for KB and Mzuni in the round.
Bullets will be praying for a loss for the soldiers to maintain the second spot because at the moment they are level on points.
After the match, Bullets coach Calisto Pasuwa was on cloud nine especially with the performance of his youngsters.
“Firstly, we would like to thank the boys for this five-star performance. We have got four, five games we didn’t win away, but in seeing the reaction of the boys trying in 45 minutes getting goals; it was a marvelous to watch.
"The score line would have been a rugby one but we were missing chances. Offensively we didn’t do much in the second half. The supporters also gave the boys the encouragement so we thank them,” Pasuwa said.
Dwangwa coach, Ladwell Mbetewa said the early goal by their opponents discouraged his charges.
“We told the boys that we needed to attack and score more goals and not defend by conceding the loss before its full time. This has gone, we are now looking ahead to the second round,” Mbetewa said.
Elsewhere at Kamuzu Stadium, debutants Ntopwa thrashed Mzuzu-based soldiers Moyale 4-1 in what has been termed as a good finish by the team’s technical director, Isaac Jomo Osman.
Hendrix Misinde, Dave Banda, Levison Makoko and Friday Osagie scored for fun to condemn Moyale who only managed a consolation through Deus Mkutu.
Ntopwa have finished their first-round games on position 13 with 13 points as of Saturday, but they may drop to 14th depending on the result between KB and Masters.
Masters are 14th with 13 points from 14 games.
Moyale placed 11th with 15 points, have a daunting task to finish their first-round task against leaders Wanderers on Sunday.
The Nomads are safe on the top of the table with a four-point gap, but are eyeing a stretch to seven.