The much publicized Nyasa Big 4 Bonanza on 1st March 2019 rolled into action pitting two local clubs Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers against Mozambiques Ferroviaro de Nampula and Chicken Inn from Zimbabwe.
The setting was the Kamuzu Stadium where a reasonable crowd turned up to rally behind either of the two local clubs.
And on a sunny Friday afternoon, Be Forward Wanderers warmed up the pitch with an early kickoff match against Zimbabwes soccer outfit Chicken Inn.
At the end of 90 minutes, the Nomads side collected maximum points through a lone goal scored by Mike Kaziputa.
The win excited Be Forward Wanderers Team Manager Steve Madeira.
” We are excited start with a win in this bonanza. Certainly, this win gives us confidence to face the next opponent with more determination.
“Am also impressed with the performance of a number of promoted players from our youth side and this is encouraging”, said Madeira.
Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas drew positives from the loss and hoped his charges will bounce back in their next match against Bullets FC.
” We faced a good side that prepared so well unlike who just arrived in Malawi shortly before noon. Am sure once my players get adequate rest and sleep over this loss, we will come back stronger in our next game”, he said.
When all was said and done, it was time for the host, Nyasa Big Bullets to build from where their traditional archrivals had stopped.
This time around, the Peoples team took on Mozambiques Ferroviario de Nampula in their opening match in front of a ballooning crowd.
However, the visitors proved to be too hot for the hosts, no wonder they were first to draw the first blood as they led the better part of the game by two goals to nil.
Bulletss only consolation came through a spot kick scored by Yamikani Fodya in the dying minutes of the match.
Bullets Callisto Pasuwa thought his charges had given the visitors a lot of respect.
“My boys gave the visitors too much respect. We never tested them at goal. We wasted the ball in our own half.
Nonetheless, overall, i think we were a better side. We will improve on this game so that we do better in the next encounter”, said Pasuwa.
And Matthews Matanzi is Ferroviario de Nampulas Sports Director Matthews Matanzi praised his charges for starting the bonanza on a high note.
“Am proud of my boys. Lets see what they bring tomorrow. Another win tomorrow then we are the champions”.
Fresh from defeating Chicken Inn of Zimbabwe, Morale was high in Be Forward Wanderers camp when they faced Ferroviario de Nampula on day 2 of the bonanza.
The match promised to be a cracker as Ferroviario de Nampula had just beaten the host and Nomads Traditional Archrivals Nyasa Big Bullets in their opening match.
The game lived to its billing, no wonder the two teams settled for a one all draw.
Nomads Assistant Coach Allan Kamanga commended his charges for a wonderful display whereas Ferroviario de Nampulas coach who spoke through his Sports Director Matthews Matanzi was happy to walk out of the match without a scrap.
On the other hand, Nyasa Big Bullets recovered from their 2-1 loss at the hands of Ferroviario de Nampula when they played Chicken Inn of Zimbabwe.
Henry Kabichi was among the scorers for Bullets as they beat the visitors by two goals to one.
The four teams cooled off on Sunday in readiness for the final show down on Monday, 4th March 2019.
And on a chilly afternoon, the two visiting teams Ferroviario de Nampula and Chicken Inn mesmerized the local soccer fans when they played an opening match.
The two teams equaled in strength and settled for a one all draw.
Then came the momentous time to witness the grudging derby encounter between Nyasa Big Bullets and their fierce rivals Be Forward Wanderers.
Both teams showed character as they looked for an early go.
However, the nomads search for a goal paid dividends as they drew the first blood through Ziko Mkanda after breaking Bullets midfield on counter attack.
As the two teams went for half time recess, the Nomads were one nil up.
Two minutes into the second half, the peoples team leveled the shoreline through Henry ‘Magetsi’ Kabichis cool finish inside the nomads six yard box.
Despite several attempts both teams could not find a winning goal, forcing the game to end in a stalemate, thereby handing the Nyasa Big4 Championship to the visitors teams Ferroviario de Nampula.
Ferroviario de Nampula won the Bonanza ahead of Nomads on superior goal difference after both teams had collected 5 points apiece.
The club’s director of sports Matthews Matanzi described the tournament as impressive saying his side has taken a lot of positives from the bonanza.
“I must admit, we are happy to head back home with not only with this trophy but also additional insights on areas that needs critical attention.
Many thanks also to Bullets for organising this tournament and the warm reception as well as care”, said Matanzi.
Be forward wanderers finished second despite accumulating similar points to those of Ferroviaro de Nampula but their technical director Yasin Osman says the bonaza was a good platform to assess new comers.
“This Bonanza offered us a platform to try new player that we have just recruited from the reserve side.
I think our supporter can testify that the rebuilding process is registering remarkable progress”, he said.
Equally, Nyasa Big Bullets Strikers trainer Heston Munthali said the peoples team will build from the positives noted throughout the bonanza while working on the shortfalls before the start of the new season.
“We need to do more before the start of the new season. Without this tournament we could not have noticed the areas that need lots of polishing”, said Munthali.
Chicken in Coach Joey Antipas said although his team did not do well during the bonanza, the competition offered him an opportunity to work on a few areas before the start of the new soccer season in Zimbabwe
“The bonanza was well organised. I request that the organizers turn this bonanza into a rotational one.
“Our people gonna love it even more. As for the benefits, Chicken Inn leaves Malawi satisfied lessons drawn”.
And as for the organizers of the bonanza, the tournament was a huge success and hopes for the best tournament next year.
” It’s been a huge success so to say. I think this year’s bonanza was well managed as compared to last year where we had a number of hiccups.
“The big four bonanza is here to stay and be lest assure, we will organise even a better bonanza than this next year”, concluded NBB’s Kelvin Moyo.
A total of 50 million kwacha had been used in the organization of the three day tournament.
For winning the bonanza Ferroviaro de Nampula walked away with a gold like trophy.