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Big Bullets go top

Babatunde earns People's Team full points

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It was not the best performance from Nyasa Big Bullets but they earned a 1-0 hard-fought victory over Civil Service United in a TNM Super League match at Civo Stadium yesterday.

Substitute Babatunde Adepoju scored the only goal of the match to inspire Bullets to the summit of the 16-member log table.

Bullets dislodged Blue Eagles at the summit of table with 23 points from nine matches, one point ahead of the Area 30 side.

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However, the Eagles have a chance to return to the summit as they host Mighty Tigers at Nankhaka Stadium this afternoon.

Playing at a rough ground, both teams failed to impress during the first half which had few chances and the only real opportunity went to Civil’s Christopher Kumwembe, whose effort hit the side net.

After a barren first half, which had few chances, Babatunde came off the bench at the start of the second half, when he replaced ineffective Lanjesi Nkhoma.

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The former Mighty Wanderers forward made instant impact when he benefited from Civil’s poor defending to put the ball into the back of the net.

It looked like a harmless ball from Captain Chimwemwe Idana but Kelvin Kadzinje and John Dambuleni were too hesitant to react as the Nigerian was the first to arrive and made no mistake to beat his former teammate Ernest Kakhobwe.

After the goal, Civil reorganised themselves and started to pressurise Bullets.

Patrick Phiri had a chance but his weak shot went straight into the palms of Rabson Chiyenda.

The hosts had a penalty appeal turned down by referee Easter Zimba.

However, there was late drama as goalkeeper Chiyenda was shown a red card for delaying tactics in added time.

That time, Bullets had already finished their substitutions and had to feature midfielder Ernest Petro in place of Chiyenda.

It was a nervous finish but Bullets fought hard for the important win.

In post-match interview, Civil coach Franco Ndawa, despite the loss, praised his troops.

“My players played a good passing game. The referee denied us two penalties,” Ndawa said.

His opposite number, Kalisto Pasuwa admitted that his side did not play well.

“It was a tough match but the most important thing is maximum points,” Pasuwa, who signed a three-year contract extension, said.

At Silver Stadium, Silver Strikers and Ekwendeni Hammers shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

Wongani Lungu gave the visitors the lead after 50 minutes but Stain Davie netted the equaliser six minutes later.

Following the draw, Silver are on position five on the log table with 12 points from eight matches whereas Ekwendeni are sixth with 11 points from nine matches.

Mighty Tigers promising start to the season continued yesterday after beating TN Stars 1-0 at Kasungu Ground.

Iven Mwakapenda scored the lone goal of the match.

Tigers climbed to position three on the log table with 15 points from eight matches whereas Stars anchor the table with five points from nine matches.

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