TNM Super League defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets endured a frustrating afternoon as they came from behind to force a 1-1 draw against stubborn Mighty Tigers at Kamuzu Stadium Sunday.
Bullets were generally expected to showcase how they dismantled TN Stars 4-0 during the opening week of the league but it was not to be.
The People’s Team found the going tough and it had to take defender Sankhani Mkandawire’s header to cancel out Tony Mbulu’s opener as Tigers threatened to snatch maximum points.
Following the draw, Bullets have moved from ninth position to fifth with four points from two games whereas Tigers are third with five points from three assignments.
Civil Sporting Club top the table with nine points from three games whereas Blue Eagles remain second after a barren draw against debutants Mlatho Mponela.
At Kamuzu Stadium, Tigers were solid and organised as they denied Bullets midfielders room to boss possession.
But Bullets were not completely shut out as they threatened to score on several occasions in the first-half, such that Tigers defender Ganizani Anthony had to come to the rescue of his team with a goal-line clearance to deny Yamikani Fodya in the 35th minute.
In the second-half, both teams came with some positivity but it was Tigers who scored through Mbulu’s rebound after Bullets goalkeeper Rabson Chiyenda fumbled Chasimbiwe Kanyika’s shot towards the scorer.
But salvation for Bullets came in the 75th minute through Mkandawire, who headed in after Tigers goalkeeper Christopher Mikuwa misjudged Fodya’s corner kick.
The game was then reduced to a balanced affair and, in added time, Tigers Captain Willie Saenda was red-carded for a second bookable offence.
Bullets Coach, Kallisto Pasuwa, said it was a frustrating day.
“It was a difficult match but we worked hard to get a point which can help us in our quest to retain the title,” Pasuwa said.
Tigers Technical Director, Robin Alufandika, said it was sad that his charges gave away two points.
“This is a game we could have won. The boys were fantastic but they lost the plot in the second-half to give away that goal,” Alufandika said.