The TNM Super League title race took an exciting twist Sunday after Nyasa Big Bullets fired blanks following a goal-less draw with bottom-placed Mzuzu Warriors at Mzuzu Stadium.
But second-placed Silver Strikers claimed a vital 2-1 win over Blue Eagles at Silver Stadium to move level on points with the leaders.
Bullets remain top on goal difference with 49 points from 24 matches whereas Silver maintained second spot with the same number of points but have played a game more.
Bullets returned to their Blantyre base with a single point from two matches after they lost 1-0 to Moyale Barracks at the same venue on Saturday.
Mzuzu Warriors still anchor the log table with 17 points from 26 games.
Following the disappointing outing, Bullets have failed to score a goal in two consecutive matches in the league after they also exited the FDH Bank Cup following a 4-2 loss on post-match penalties to Silver last week.
Bullets will face another tough task against Red Lions at Mpira Stadium in mid-week.
In post-match, Bullets Coach Kalisto Pasuwa was not pleased with the result.
“It is very unfortunate that we are not winning matches but we desperately need points. We will not surrender and we will fight until the end. We tried to make some changes in today’s game by featuring some fresh players but fatigue caught up with us. We need enough depth in our squad. The result is disappointing to us looking at the level of competition in the league at the moment,” Pasuwa said.
Mzuzu Coach Gilbert Chirwa refused to throw in the towel in the battle for survival.
“This is a morale booster for the boys. We are not down yet and we will try to win the remaining matches,”Chirwa said.
At Silver Stadium, Stain Davie continued with his fine form when he scored the winner with just seven minutes to full time to secure maximum points for Silver.
Blessings Tembo broke the deadlock after 16 minutes in the first half when he capitalised on a Micium Mhone’s mistake.
But substitute Paul Master equalised for Eagles in what could be one of the contenders for goal of the season.
Silver Assistant Coach Macdonald Yobe hailed his players for the win.
“A draw would have been a fair result. We made a silly mistake and conceded. We have four games to save our season,” he said.
Elsewhere, Kamuzu Barracks made a quick response with a 2-0 victory over Chitipa United at Karonga Stadium, just 24 hours after they lost 4-0 to Karonga United at the same venue.
Ndaona Daisi and Zeliati Nkhoma were on target for the soldiers.
KB are on position 11 with 34 points from 26 matches, just one point below the top eight.