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Wasteful Silver held

As Blue Eagles fall

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Peter Mponda

Silver Strikers produced a dominant performance but were held to a 2-2 draw against TNM Super League leaders Nyasa Big Bullets in an exciting match at Bingu National Stadium Sunday.

Honestly, the Bankers should blame themselves for failing to get maximum points, having fluffed numerous scoring opportunities for the better part of the match.

For Bullets, the draw was a good result as they edge closer to retaining the title.

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The draw against Silver comes just one week after they also shared the spoils with Civil Service United after a 1-1 stalemate at Kamuzu Stadium. Bullets have opened an eight-point gap at the summit of the log table with 57 points from 23 matches whereas second-placed Blue Eagles have 49 points after suffering a 1-0 loss to Ekwendeni Hammers Sunday.

Anthony Mfune opened the flood gates after four minutes when he unleashed a powerful shot beyond goalkeeper Charles Thom.

After the goal, Silver seized control of the midfield with Chikondi Kamanga, man-of-the-match Zebron Kalima, Chinsisi Maonga and Patrick Macheso exchanging good passes.

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Silver could have scored more than three goals in the first half but Chawanangwa Kaonga and Macheso were wasteful. Sensing danger, Bullets Coach Kalisto Pasuwa brought in Ernest Petro for Henry Kabichi,

After the break, Kaonga scored the equaliser from the penalty spot after Bullets defender Blessings Mpokera fouled Kalima in the box in the 47th minute. Two minutes later, Patrick Mwaungulu restored Bullets’ lead with a low shot as Thom was beaten again.

In the 67th minute, Macheso salvaged a point for Silver when he beat goalkeeper Clever Mkungula. Kalima could have won the match for Silver but missed a great chance. The draw means Silver are still seventh with 39 points from 25 matches.

Silver Assistant Coach Kadenge Mwafulirwa rued missed chances.

“It is unfortunate that we did not win the match. We wanted the three points more than Bullets,’’ he said.

Bullets Assistant Coach Peter Mponda admitted they were second on the ball.

“We did not play as we wanted but one point is good for us,’’ Mponda said. At Mzuzu Stadium, Chawanangwa Gumbo scored for Hammers as they maintained their impressive run. Elsewhere, TN Stars claimed a 2-1 victory over Mafco at Kasungu Stadium. Tigers and Karonga drew 1-1 at Mpira Stadium. The match between Dedza Dynamos and Karonga also ended 1-1 at Dedza Ground.

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