Bankers foil Bullets’ revenge mission

Four days after being eliminated from Fisd Challenge Cup by Silver Striker Strikers, defending TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets failed to take revenge as they were restricted to a 0-0 stalemate by the bankers in a tough league encounter played before a big crowd at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe.

Bullets defend a corner, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Bullets defend a corner, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Silver narrowly misses the target from a free kick, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Silver narrowly misses the target from a free kick, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Fazili issuing instructions to his charges, Pix Alex Mwazalumo

Fazili issuing instructions to his charges, Pix Alex Mwazalumo

Sulumba, Mike Ntonyo fight for the ball

Sulumba, Mike Ntonyo fight for the ball

Good sportsmanship- Silver, NBB pray together after the whistle, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

Good sportsmanship- Silver, NBB pray together after the whistle, Pic Alex Mwazalumo

With memories of the Wednesday home defeat still fresh in their medulla oblangata, Bullets came spitting fire but failed to take the early chances that they created.

Strikers Diverson Mlozi and Muhammad Sulumba were the culprits behind the wasted opportunities.

Sensing the danger, Silver reorganized themselves midway through the first half and started chasing Bullets into their territory.

Neither side was, however, able to get a goal in the first 45 min.

Bullets continued pushing for a goal in the second half but the Central Bankers defence marshalled by captain Lucky Malata was not in any compromising mood.

Mlozi was later replaced by fading star Chiukepo Msowoya but with the hosts equally pushing forward the Flames` star did not make any impact.

More changes came from both sides with Bullets bringing in defending midfielder Likwemba for Kondwani Kumwenda while Silver brought in the previous game`s scorer Blessings Tembo and Binwell Katinji for Duncan Nyoni and Victor Limbani.

Despite the changes, the stalemate remained up to the final whistle.

Bullets team manager Rahim Ishmael said the draw was not a bad result considering his side was playing away from home.

“Not a bad result because we were away from home against a good side, which defeated us on Wednesday but I think we could have carried the day if we had utilized the early chances we had,” said Ishmael.

Silver`s coach Lovemore Fazili, who sat alongside his technical director Young Chimodzi on the bench said it was not a good result for his tram.

It’s not a good result, bearing in mind the fact that we have not scored in our last three league games.

“If you are not scoring, you can easily get punished if the other team scores. We will sit down and try to resolve the scoring problem.

With the result, Silver remain second with 43 points from 23 games and Bullets are still third with 42 points from 24 games.

Mafco are on top with 44 points from 23 games.

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