By Richard Chinansi
Big Bullets dreams of progressing in the Confederations of Africa (CAF) club Champions’ league were dealt a devastating blow as they suffered heavy bombardment (4-0) at the hands Al Hilal in the first leg match which was played at Al Hilas Stadium in Khartoum, Sudan on Sunday.
This means that the Bullets are expected to hit the Sudanese side 5-0 if they are going to turn around the tables which very unlikely going to happen if their performance on Sunday is going to be taken into consideration.
The hosts took the game to the Bullets territory and managed to hit 2 goals within ten minutes through lethal forward Mudather ‘Karika’ Careca who fired in the opener before his striking partner BoubabarKebe added the second.
As the Bullets fans watching the game at home thought their side was going to come up with new ideas in the second half, it was never to be as Karika stretched the lead in the 50th minute to make it 3-0.
The Bullets team which among others included Fischer Kondowe, James Chilapondwa, DalitsoSailesi, SankhaniMkandawire, YamikaniFodya and Vincent Gona totally failed to cope up with the heat as Al Hilal continued mounting swift attacks and it was not by surprise when Nizar Hamid powered in the fourth to complete the rout.
Bullets coach NsanzurwimoRhamadan blamed his own charges for not giving out their best. “We dId not play very well that is why we have paid dearly at the end of the day.”
However, he said in football anything is possible and his charges can hit back at Kamuzu Stadium, a statement which many a soccer analyst have described it as a just a scapegoat.
The return leg is expected to be played in two weeks’ time at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Bullets squad:Vincent Gona, Henry Kabichi (Ian Chinyama), Pilirani Zonda, Dalitso Sailesi, Victor Limbani, Jaffalie Chande, Mussa Manyenje (Tizgobele), Fischer Kondowe, Victor Limbani (Bashir Maunde),James Chilapondwa , Sankhani Mkandawire, Yamikani Fodya.