Escom United, a team in Malawi's TNM Super League might not regret having fired Chimango Kayira and Heston Munthali, but they surely swallowed a bitter pill after the duo was responsible for the team's fifth loss at Balaka on Sunday as they scored for Bullets FC in a 2-1 victory.
Munthali, who was named man of the match, gave his former club a tough time as he defied his age and made life difficult for Escom defenders.
It was a game of two halves as Escom dominated the first half while Bullets took over proceedings in the second half.
With memories of how Bullets beat them 5-4 through post match penalties in the Presidential Cup semifinals, Escom started the game with intent to avenge the loss.
However, it was their poor attack that betrayed them as they went on to miss some scoring opportunities.
Manase Chiyesa and Aiko Maluwa were thrown upfront with Noel Mkandawire just behind the twin strikers, however the trio never put their chances to good use.
Bullets coach Eddington Ng'onamo made some few changes to his team but he maintained his attack of Heston Munthali, Gabadihno Mhango and Diverson Mlozi.
The trio had a quiet first half as they rarely threatened stand-in goalkeeper Thomas Kalavina who was in Escom goals in the absence of suspended Charles Swini.
But Bullets came into the second half a changed side pressurising Escom who had relaxed a little bit at the back.
Midfielder Kayira was denied by Escom goalkeeper just after resumption while Munthali hit the post after he was set by Fischer Kondowe.
Bullets attacked in numbers and it was just a matter of time before they got a goal in eighth minute when Munthali headed home from a Mhango set piece.
Assistant referee Sifoliano Tebulo first raised the flag for offside and later put it down prompting the referee Dennis Nguluwe to give the goal.
Escom protested but when the game resumed they promptly replied just two minutes later when Chiyesa connected from a Bernard Harawa cross.
But Bullets grabbed the winner in 20th minute when former Escom midfielder Kayira made it 2-1 after a Chiku Kanyenda free kick was flicked by yet another former Escom player Munthali.
Ng'onamo thanked his players for the victory despite having struggled due what he said was fatigue while his counterpart Charles Manda said they were still building a team.
In other games Mighty Wanderers beat Blue Eagles 2-0 at Kamuzu stadium. Blantyre United punished Moyale 3-0 at Nchalo while Red Lions finished their trip to Lilongwe with 1-0 over Kamuzu Barracks.