Big Bullets finally realised the meaning of losing this season in 18 TNM Super League games after crumbling 2-1 at the hands of Airborne Rangers on Sunday, but the leaders remain overwhelming championship favourites.
Bullets, struck by injuries and in-fighting over missing gate collections which led to players’ boycott last week, still top the 15-member league on 41 points, seven ahead of second-placed Mafco.
Despite the second straight defeat on all fronts in four days after also falling 2-1 to Civo United in Standard Bank Knock-Out semifinal, the Bullets just need 13 points from the remaining 30 points at their disposal in 10 games to seal the title.
Mafco’s maximum tally from their remaining eight games is 24 points, hence they can only go as far as 58 points. In contrast, Bullets’ maximum is 70 points.
Fourth-placed Blue Eagles, who have 30 points from 18 games, are the other closest league challengers—the cops can go to 54 points maximum in their remaining eight games.
Yesterday, Josaya Duwa’s last-gasp goal earned the second-from-bottom Rangers the win at Chitowe Stadium in Dwangwa, where Bullets technical director, Billy Tewesa admitted that they struggled.
“Let me promise the Bullets family that we will still retain the league. We have lost, but that is football for you. We did not play the way we expected. We are going through a bad patch,” Tewesa said.
Rangers remain on 17 points from 19 games after Kephas Zimba had yesterday, in the second half, cancelled out Bullets’ James Chilapondwa’s 10th minute goal from the penalty spot.
Stan Malata had fouled Jaffalie Chande to earn Bullets the penalty. Then Duwa scored in the 89th minute. In other games played yesterday, Epac and Civo United drew 1-1, Red Lions and Azam Tigers also shared spoils a 0-0.
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