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Big Bullets equal Escom’s unbeaten record

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The 2015 TNM Super League first round finally ends this weekend when Kamuzu Barracks (KB) host Fisd Wizards Saturday at Civo Stadium, then Civo United welcome the rookies Sunday at the same Lilongwe venue.

KB are placed sixth on 21 points, whereas Civo are 12th with 15 points. Both hosts hope to finish the half on a high against the bottom-placed new comers Wizards. The rookies have seven points from 12 games.

Last Saturday, Bullets thumped Epac 4-1 to finish the first round of the 15-member league on 32 points from 14 games, thereby matching a five-year an unbeaten record for the opening round which the now defunct Escom United set in 2010.

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During the Bullets game against Epac on Saturday, Jaffalie Chande headed in the opener from Chiukepo Msowoya’s cross, but substitute Clement Mvula responded to level matters after Bullets’ defender Sankhani Mkandawire’s blunder.

However, the Bullets were soon back in the lead as Msowoya drilled in the second and his eighth of the season followed by Mussa Manyenje and Dalitso Sailesi’s long-range efforts, which killed off the game as a contest.

Having finished the round on nine wins and five draws, the Bullets are the highest scoring team in the elite league with 27 goals, whereas struggling giants Civo and KB have both conceded the least number of goals this far (12).

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Civo also set a new record of going eight straight games without a win, surpassing a record which the now relegated Chikwawa United set last season when they went seven opening matches winless.

On the league standings, Bullets have a healthy six-point cushion while being trailed by Azam Tigers, who mauled Epac 4-0 at the Kamuzu Stadium, Blantyre on Sunday to finish second through a superior goal-aggregate.

Tigers’ Bright Munthali connected fellow striker Peter Katsonga before midfielder Yamikani Chester made it two and winger Daniel Sibale increased the lead with some five minutes left to the first half.

Creator turned provider as Katsonga hit the final nail on the coffin of Epac who return to Lilongwe empty- handed having also lost 4-1 to Bullets on Saturday at the same venue as the Blantyre giants ended the first round unbeaten after 14 games on 32 points.

Tigers have 26 points and demoted to third Be Forward Wanderers who dropped more points after 1-1 draw against Zomba Community Centre, hosts Red Lions on Saturday.

First round leading scorer with nine goals, Innocent Bokosi put the Lions in front in the first half, only for Luka Milanzi to come off the Wanderers’ bench and claim the equaliser with a quarter of an hour remaining. Wanderers also have 26 points, but drop to third through goal-aggregate.

In Lilongwe, Wizards forced a 1-1 draw with Silver Strikers on Sunday when the Bankers coach Stan Chirwa was booed off the pitch as Silver finished on eighth with 20 points.

However, it was a result that brought some relief to Wizards who had lost 3-1 to fellow rookies Dedza Young Soccer Stars at Dedza Stadium on Saturday.

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