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Big Bullets collect maximum points in Karonga as Silver hold Wanderers

Nyasa Big Bullets concluded their TNM Super League tour of Karonga District on a high note Sunday after edging Karonga United 1-0 to reduce Be Forward Wanderers’ lead to two points.

Bullets started with a 3-0 win over Savenda Chitipa United on Saturday at Karonga Stadium to move up to second place on the log table.

The back-to-back away wins pushed Bullets to 38 points while Wanderers failed to consolidate their advantage after allowing Silver Strikers to come from behind and force a 1-1 draw at Kamuzu Stadium Sunday.

The Nomads have 40 points from 18 games while Silver are fifth with 33 points from 19 games.

Defender Nickson Nyasulu headed home a Peter Banda cornerkick to score his first-ever goal for Bullets and secure three points for his side.

At Kamuzu Stadium, Wanderers bossed early exchanges as Babatunde Adepoju and Zicco Mkanda tested Silver goalkeeper Brighton Munthali.

Silver also threatened on some occasions, with the most notable being when Muyaba failed to beat Wanderers goalie Nenani Juwaya in one-against-one situation.

Francesco Madinga, returning to the team for the first time after missing several games, gave Wanderers the lead in the 42nd minute after being set by Babatunde.

The two giants went for recess with the hosts holding on to the slender lead.

After resumption, Silver added steel to their defence by introducing Chisomo Mpachika for Yinusa Sherif who was shaky.

Muyaba then equalised with a well taken free-kick in the 72nd minute which sailed beyond the fully stretched arms of Juwaya.

In celebrating the goal, Muyaba took off his jersey and ended up getting a yellow card from referee Gift Njikho.

From that moment, it was a see-saw affair with both teams attacking with zeal as they searched for the winning goal.

As the match wore on, Wanderers rested Mkanda for Peter Katsonga while Isaac Kaliati paved way for Mike Kaziputa.

The Central Bankers rested Michael Tetteh and Paipi for Mphatso Philemon and Prince Phiri.

Wanderers Coach Bob Mpinganjira said they would bounce back.

“It was a tough game. There were several chances but we did not utilise them,” Mpinganjira said.

But Silver assistant Coach Abais Makawa hailed his players for their fighting spirit.

“Having played yesterday [Saturday], we were a little bit exhausted; but we worked hard to get a better result,” he said in reference to their 1-0 win over Mighty Tigers the previous day.

The two teams played out a goalless draw in the first round.

In other games played Sunday, Kamuzu Barracks and Blue Eagles shared spoils in a 0-0 stalemate while TN Stars edged Ntopwa 2-1.

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