It was another Blantyre derby draw, but one in which Mighty Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets could genuinely claim that the honours had ended evenly.
Amos Bello scored a rare goal to give the Nomads a 28th-minute lead.
Chiukepo Msowoya headed Bullets back into the game with 3 minutes to recess time through a penalty after Rafiq Mussa handed the ball in the box.
People complain endlessly that Blanytre derbies can be dull. Perhaps it’s better when the two teams come into the game in below-best not-so-efficient form.
It seems to have a two fold effect. One, both sides are on the rebound and desperate for a win. Two, both are perhaps just not quite so proficient at cancelling each other out.
Both sides’ coaches could have done with the comfort and confidence that a derby win can bring. Wanderers ‘ Jack Chamangwana and Bullets ‘ Franco Ndawa would also have not been displeased in settling for a draw.
Wanderers edged the first half and they could have scored even more than three goals while Bullets bossed the second, and Mussa Manyenje have himself to blame for missing what could have been a winning goal with Bester Phiri already beaten.
The Blues made a few changes from their previous game against Dwangwa United, Felix Zulu started from the right flank with Francis Mlimbika transferring to the left wing leaving Ted Sumani to cover his usual position.
Peter Wadabwa and Amos Bello started up front.
For Bullets , they started with Muhammad Sulumba and Chiukepo Msowoya upfront,while Miracle Gabeya,Yamikani Fodya and John Lanjesi were in defence.
After a cautious start a period of to-and- fro football ensued that the fans who make the pilgrimage to Malawi’s football’s cathedral like to see.
The Nomads played Mlimbika down the left, and he put in a perfect cross for Wadabwa to head wide in the 19th minute.
Wadabwa was at it again when he attempted bicycle kick which went wide.
Bullets through Msowoya glanced header wide from Yamikani Fodya’s long throw had the latter
goose-stepping across the pitch in frustration.
George Nyirenda tested Bester Phiri with a low, hard shot from the edge of the area just after the break.
Bullets were pushing hard to secure a winning goal in the second half but Wanderers defence was well organised.
Wanderers responded few minutes later when Wadabwa’s stinging shot from range was well pushed over the bar by Kakhobwe in Bullets goals.
However, Mussa Manyenje who was introduced for Sulumba could have scored towards the end of the game but his shot went wide with the yawning goal.
One notable thing during the game was to see Jaffali Chande on the Nomads bench while Kondwani Kumwenda was on Bullets bench.
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