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Big Bullets edge closer to title

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Tnm Super League defending champions, Big Bullets returned to winning ways Sunday after crushing 10- man Moyale Barracks 3-1 at Kamuzu Stadium to increase the leaders’ chances of retaining the title.

Smarting from a shock 2-1 defeat to Airborne Rangers last weekend, Bullets were on top of their game yesterday, scoring through Chiukepo Msowoya, Mussa Manyenje and Nikiza Aimabre.

The win ended Bullets’ miserable run in the past two weeks where they were also booted out of Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup by Civo United.

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Moyale yesterday scored their consolation through substitute Deus Nkutu, but their chances of a come-back were ruined when Timothy Nyirenda was sent off in the 68th minute for a second bookable offence.

Bullets’ win cements their position at the top of the standings with 44 points from 19 matches.

Mafco are hot-on-the-heels of Bullets with 37 points from 21 matches after defeating Dedza Young Soccer Stars 1-0 away yesterday through Maurice Chiumia’s effort.

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Silver Strikers are third with 35 points from 20 matches.

Blue Eagles defeated Kamuzu Barracks 2-1 to move to fourth with 33 points from 19 matches, thanks to goals from John Malidadi Jnr and Wister Phiri.

At Kamuzu Stadium yesterday, Bullets and Moyale started the match with a clear intent of getting an early goal.

Bullets had to please their fans that were expectant of victory following a torrid run whereas Moyale wanted to complete their mission in the South on a high after beating Red Lions 2-1 on Saturday.

Moyale almost took the lead in the third minute but Dan Katunga’s lob over Bullets goalkeeper Chimwemwe Kumkwawa was cleared off the line by Sankhani Mkandawire.

It was an open match with both sides attacking at pace and Bullets forward Manyenje found an opening in the 12th minute but his weak shot from close was easily dealt with by goalkeeper Juma Chikwenga.

Bullets took the lead out of nothing in the 27th minute when Msowoya roused the rather timid crowd with an excellent left-foot volley from the edge of the box, leaving Chikwenga dazed on his spot as the low ball went past his left post.

Just as Moyale were yet to recover, Manyenje pounced two minutes later after collecting a loose ball from Moyale defender Sandres Munthali before firing the ball into the roof of the net.

Moyale pulled out Katunga for Deus Nkutu in the 39th minute and he made an instant impact to pull one back 30 seconds after coming on with his first touch after intercepting a throw-in.

Nyirenda’s red card in the 68th minute made Moyale’s comeback difficult, but they still threatened Bullets with Nkutu leading the attack.

Bullets completed the victory in the fifth minute of added time when Aimabre connected Msowoya’s cross from the left after the former Orlando Pirates forward’s dazzling run.

Bullets’ technical director, Billy Tewesa, said they were edging closer to the title.

“We will celebrate after two games. It is too early to celebrate now. However, it was important to return to winning ways today,” he said.

Moyale’s assistant coach Themba Ntontholo said they gave away easy goals.

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