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Bullets, Lions share spoils

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe & Peter Forte 

There was goals galore in the TNM Super League played across the country yesterday.

It was a six-goal thriller between TNM Super League defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets and current leaders Red Lions as they shared spoils after a 3-3 draw at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

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Following the draw, the Zomba-based soldiers have reclaimed top spot with eight points from four matches, just one point above second placed Civil Service United, who beat Mzuzu Warriors 1-0 on Saturday.

Bullets were the first to open the score-sheet through Hassan Kajoke before a heavy downpour disturbed the flow of the game.

Eventually Royal Bokosi equalised for the visitors before completing his brace. Bokosi was not yet done as he completed his hatrick. But Kajoke had another idea and reduced the arrears from the penalty spot. The two teams went for a break, with Lions having a slender 3-2 lead. In the second half, Gomezgani Chirwa salvaged a point for Bullets.

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Lions Coach Mike Kumanga blamed the heavy downpour for the draw.

“We gave away the lead due to the rains. Our players were heavily affected and this made them to lose concentration,” he said.

Bullets Assistant Coach Peter Mponda questioned referee Gift Chiko for continuing with the match despite the rains.

“We did not play the game for 90 minutes. We believe the game should have been abandoned,” he said.

At Silver Stadium in Lilongwe, Silver Strikers registered their first victory of the season with a convincing 5-1 victory over Kamuzu Barracks. The result was a timely relief for Daniel Kabwe, who was without a win in the opening two matches of the season.

Patrick Macheso hammered a brace whereas Thuso Paipi, Mark Fodya and Stain Davie were also on target. A visibly excited Kabwe praised his charges for the first win of the season.

“We made some mistakes in the first two matches and this is the perfect time to make amends. As I said, the league is a marathon; we want to make our home ground a fortress,” Kabwe said.

KB Assistant Coach Ted Kalinda was shocked with the result. “We did not come to the party and this is not the result we wanted. No need to blame the players but we will come back stronger in the next game,” he said.

Elsewhere, Ntopwa shocked Blue Eagles with a comeback 4 -1 victory at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre. Arthur Moffat scored two goals whereas Mphatso Magaleta and Hendrix Misinde were also on target. Kingsley Kuwali scored Eagles’ face saver. Mzuzu Warriors returned to the Northern Region empty handed, having lost 1-2 to TN Stars at Kasungu Ground yesterday, just a day after a 1-0 loss to Civil.

Taniel Mhango opened the scoring for Mzuzu but Ian Chinyama and Blessings Joseph secured maximum points for Stars. At Mzuzu Stadium, Ekwendeni Hammers and Mafco shared the spoils after a 1-1 draw. Zikani Kasambara scored for Hammers from the penalty spot but Zikani Sichinga rescued a point for the Salima-based soldiers.

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