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Big Bullets squander opportunity to extend lead in TNM Super League

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Kalisto Pasuwa

Nyasa Big Bullets wasted the opportunity to extend the lead at the summit of the TNM Super League log table after dropping two points in a 1-1 stalemate with Mafco at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre Wednesday.

The result gave a chance to Silver Strikers to reduce Bullets’ lead to one point after the Central Bankers collected full points in a 3-0 thrashing of relegated Ntopwa in a match that was played Wednesday at Nankhaka Stadium in Lilongwe.

In another high-profile match played Wednesday, Mighty Wanderers consolidated their grip on third position after edging Mighty Tigers 1-0 at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre.

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Bullets went into the match on the back of a 1-3 thrashing at the hands of South Africa DStv Premiership side AmaZulu, which saw them bid farewell to the Caf Champions League.

The People’s Team made five changes to their line-up, with Yamikani Fodya, Bright Munthali, Precious Phiri, Zicco Mkanda and Blessings Mpokera making the starting line-up at the expense of Miracle Gabeya, Chimango Kayira, Gomezgani Chirwa, Sankhani Mkandawire and MacFarlane Mgwira.

Mafco took no time to settle down in the match and won a corner kick just a minute after kickoff which did not yield any fruit.

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The soldiers continued to pile pressure on Bullets, with Stain Malata’s attempt sailing over the bar in the 7th minute.

The People’s Team responded a minute later with Bright Munthali’s long range effort hitting the crossbar.

The action swung to the other end where Mafco forced a corner kick which was beautifully delivered into the box for Malata to connect home.

Bullets were blunt upfront, with their strikers failing to unlock the visitors’ defence which gave away its first corner-kick after 25 minutes.

With 10 minutes to half time, Bullets pulled level through Babatunde Adepoju, who rifled home from Hassan Kajoke’s cross.

The two teams continued to pile pressure on each other and made several substitutions but failed to break the deadlock.

Bullets Coach Kallisto Pasuwa described the match as scrappy, saying his charges have been lacking confidence since the AmaZulu match.

“Dependable players who tick most of the time like Idana [Chimwemwe] struggled. We still need to do more. We have three games to go but the worrisome thing is that we are dropping points at this crucial stage. We need to pull up our socks and raise our hands,” Pasuwa said.

Mafco Assistant Coach Yohane Fulaye said he was not satisfied with the result.

“We should not have conceded that goal if we were a bit careful. At some point, we lost coordination between our midfielders and strikers. Our wish was to collect full points in this match,” Fulaye said.

At Nankhaka, Silver continued their impressive run with goals from Stain Davie, Frank Banda and Blessings Tembo while, at Chiwembe, Wanderers scored through Peter Cholopi.

Silver Assistant Coach McDonald Yobe said he was not happy with his players’ failure to score in the second half while Ntopwa Technical Director Isaac ‘Jomo’ Osman said they started badly but improved later in the match.

Bullets remain at the summit with 56 points from 27 matches, with Silver amassing 55 points having played a game more.

Wanderers have 48 points from 26 games while Tigers have wrapped up the season with 32 points.

Action continues this afternoon with Civo Service United hosting Ntopwa at Civo.

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