By Isaac Salima
Nyasa Big Bullets Sunday returned to the summit of the TNM Super League hours after being displaced by Blue Eagles after The People’s Team defeated Mafco FC 1-0 in an exciting encounter played at Kamuzu Stadium.
Bullets, who are at par with Blue Eagles on 13 points, have an advantage over the police side after scoring eight goals against Eagles’ six.
Both teams have a goal difference of five.
Bullets remain unbeaten in five games after dropping only two points against the Area 30 law enforcers and collecting maximum points in four games.
Mafco, on the other hand, remain winless in five assignments after drawing twice and losing thrice. However their coach Stereo Gondwe remained positive that his team would bounce back.
“We are playing well and we are only passing through tough times,” Gondwe said after the game.
Gondwe also attributed the loss to the officiating panel for denying them a goal after Bullets’ Nixon Nyasulu cleared from the line after the ball had first hit the woodwork.
Precious Sambani scored the priceless goal in the 36th minute after his strike, taken just outside the box, proved too powerful for Mafco’s goalie Jailos Kapalamula.
Mafco did their homework well when they closed spaces, giving no room to Bullets to play a passing game.
The combination of Yamikani Fodya and Henry Kabichi in midfield did not work out as they were slow on the ball and gave free penetration to Mafco.The soldiers defended and attacked in numbers as their skipper Paul Ndhlovu marshalled well the defence by putting towering Bullets’ striker Babatunde Adepoju in control.
The Salima-based soldiers continued piling more pressure on Bullets but rarely troubled Rabson Chiyenda in The People’s Team goal as he was well covered by the backline of Nixon Mwase, Gomezgani Chirwa and Sambani.
One of Bullets’ assistant coaches Heston Munthali conceded that Mafco gave them a good run.
“Mafco are a good side. We knew that it would be a tough game and that is what we saw. However, we are happy that our players used their chance and we have collected maximum points,” Munthali said.