NYASA Big Bullets endured a frustrating afternoon after they were held to a goalless draw by Mafco in a dull TNM Super League encounter at Chilomoni Stadium yesterday. It is a result that raises questions about Bullets’ title challenge.
Bullets players and supporters wore gloomy faces after the final whistle and in sharp contrast Mafco players walked with confidence and heads held high when referee Evidence Kananji signaled the end of. On the pitch, Bullets were the more lively side in the first half forcing Mafco goalkeeper Jailosi Kapalamula to make some saves to keep his side in the game.
It is clear that Bullets are yet to replace Daliso Sailesi as their left flank was completely dead while midfielder Cuthbert Sinetre was most impressive on the other flank. After resumption Bullets interim Coach, Elia Kananji, made double substitution after introducing Chiukepo Msowoya for Collen Nkhulambe and resting Sinetre for Bright Munthali.
However, it was Mafco who went close to scoring when striker Joseph Dosa caught Bullets defence napping but his goal bound shot was cleared by right back Pilirani Zonda The second half was also marred by some ugly scenes as an alleged Bullets supporter threw an object that hit Mafco defender Zikhole Ngulube.
It followed an incident which saw Ngulube tackling Bullets playmaker Mike Mkwate mercilessly. Mafco then rested injured Chikondi Maloya for Gift Soko as tempers flared. In the closing stages Bullets missed some chances to seal their fate. Kananji said they were unfortunate after they missed several chances.
“We had to make some changes because we are playing a lot of games within a short period of time. The title race is still wide open we still have chances to make up in the second round,” he said. Mafco Gift Kadammanja said it was a successful mission.
“We agreed that worst result should be a draw,” he said. Bullets remain on third position with 25 points from 14 games while Mafco are on position 10 with 19. In other games, champions, Kamuzu Barracks, have beaten Premier Bet Wizards 1-0 courtesy of Davie Banda goal at Civo Stadium. Moyale continue to swim in trouble waters as they suffered a 3-1 loss to Blue Eagles at Nankhaka Stadium.
Mphatso Philimoni scored a hat-trick to inspire Eagles to victory whereas Khuda Muyaba scored a consolation for the Mzuzu-based soldiers. The soldiers suffered another defeat to Be Forward Wanderers 5-1 at Balaka Stadium on Wednesday
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