Idana: Bullets’ source of happiness

Idana: Bullets’ source of happiness

On Saturday at the Balaka Stadium against Red Lions, Bullets Midfielder Chimwemwe Idana scored his fourth goal of the 2022 TNM Super League to inspire the Champions to a 2-0 win over the Zomba based soldiers.

The 2020/21 Super League player of the season struck in the 45th minute after a nice exchange of passes with hitman Babatunde Adepoju who had earlier put the visitors ahead in the 15th minute via a spotkick which he took after being fouled in Lion’s penalty box.

Idana’s latest goal means only Rumphi United’s trouble Kajani (6), Moyales’s Raphael Phiri (5) and Babatunde (5) have scored more goals than the midfielder.

The difference though is that the three are out and out strikers while Idana continues to get his goals  from the middle of the park.

At four goals, Idana is level on goals with the leagues’ prominent strikers including the Blue Eagles’ pair of Gaddie Chirwa and Shumaker Kuwali , Dedza Dynamos’ Clement Nyondo and Red Lions’ hit man Royal Bokosi.

Gattusso, as the Bullets fans like to call him, has scored a goal more than Silver Strikers forward Chawananga Kaonga,  Mighty Mukuru Wanderers  striking pair of Chiukepo Msowoya and Vincent Nyangulu and his fellow teammate Hassan Kajoke who have scored 3 goals each so far in the current campaign.

Apart from scoring the goals from the middle of the park, it is the 23-year old’s knack of organising the play and provision of assists that is making him perhaps the most important player at Bullets  if not in the whole league.

After 10 games, the Flames international has already raked in 3 assists, making him the joint top assit provider at Bullets alongside Patrick Mwaungulu.  

With Bullets coach Kalisto Pasuwa heavily rotating his squad during the current campaign, Idana is the only player to have started all Bullets games so far.

With the Zimbabwean favouring a three man central midfield, the former reserve player is ever present handling the midfield duties with the duo of Henry Kabichi, Patrick Mwaungulu, and Enerst Petro.

Perhaps this is the reason the hierarchy at Bullets were bold enough to trust Shehe with the Captaincy of such a big team just a year after  promoting him from the reserve team after Captain John Lanjesi was side-lined due to a long term injury.

Idana’s impact was almost immediate at the People’s team, winning the league in his debut season in the 2019 season and helping Bullets defend the title and winning the Airtel Top 8 in the following season in which he was named player of the season, scoring five goals from midfield and winning several Man of The Match awards.   

Idana’s calmness on the ball, his ability to control the tempo of the game and to drive the team forward has already earned him praise with many likening him to former Bullets and Flames legendary midfielder Robert Baggio Ng’ambi.

Such comparison does not seem misplaced but Idana will need to transfer his club form to the national team if he would like to be talked in the same berth as Baggio who spent 15 years playing in the South African PSL league with Black Leopards and Platinum FC.

As for now, Idana seems to be on course of achieving even more but perhaps he needs to start looking into his prospects of playing abroad where he can get the much needed exposure and to rub shoulders with the best week in week out.

 As for now, as much as Bullets fans would like to see their kingpin play abroad, they do not mind having him continue playing in the league because just like the vernacular translation of his name, he is the source of their happiness.    

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