Lilongwe – Seven years and seven consecutive premier soccer league titles.
That is the unbelievable story of Zimbabwean football coach Kalisto Pasuwa following his league triumph with Malawian champions Nyasa Big Bullets last week.
It was Pasuwa’s third title on the trot with the Malawian giants. Prior to his success in Malawi, Pasuwa weaved another fairytale in Zimbabwe where he led Dynamos to four league championships in a row from 2011 to 2014.
The 3-0 victory over Kamuzu Barracks last weekend sealed a third straight title for Nyasa Big Bullets under the Zimbabwean gaffer.
Winger Mischeck Selemani, striker Hassan Kajoke and midfielder Chimwemwe Idana scored beautiful goals to cap a fine season for the champions, whose 59 points from 29 games was sufficient to wrap up the title with a match to go.
With second-placed Silver Strikers losing 0-2 to Moyale Barracks on the same afternoon, the current runners-up were left 55 points with one more match to play. Be Forward Wanderers, who were third after the weekend’s round of matches, could still steal second position from Silver Strikers as they too had 55 points but have two more matches to play at the time of writing.
While it is a hat-trick of titles for Pasuwa, it is a 14th league championship for Nyasa Big Bullets.
Pasuwa steered Nyasa Big Bullets to consecutive championships in 2018 and 2019, while the 2020 season was forfeited due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruption of the global sporting calendar.