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New catch, Dave Banda, headed home a late goal to help Nyasa Big Bullets salvage a one-all draw against Red Lions in a friendly match played at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.

With desperation creeping in among Bullets faithful as their team trailed to a Mathews Simbeye’s first-half strike, Banda headed home a Cuthbert Sinetre corner-kick.

Before the equaliser, Lions were solid in defence. However, in the late stages of the game, the visitors tried to slow down the tempo of the game by deploying delaying tactics.

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With defeat looking imminent, Bullets Coach, Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan, rested Fischer Kondowe for Mike Mkwate—and the People’s Team’s attacking improved, forcing Lions to retreat.

After the game, Ramadhan and his Lions’ counterpart, Mike Kumanga, said they were satisfied with their charges’ performance.

“We struggled a bit because we were missing six key players. Of course, we played well, particularly in the second-half when we attacked and defended as a unit. We struggled in the first-half in the attacking third because we were playing high balls. Nevertheless, I believe we will deliver this season,” Ramadhan said.

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Kumanga said they were determined to avoid last season’s struggles.

“This will be a different season. We just need to work on finishing and improve our concentration. Otherwise, this season we are geared to perform well,” he said.

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