Big Bullets FC on Saturday, October 25, 2014 opened a six-point gap at the top of the TNM Super League table after edging third-placed Blue Eagles in a tough match played at Nankhaka Ground in Area 30.
Defender Sankhani Mkandawire claimed the lone goal that condemned the cops to a second consecutive home defeat within a space of one week after flicking home a free kick taken by Fischer ‘Anong’a’ Kondowe.
Blue Eagles tried to re-organize themselves in the second half but Bullets’ defence successfully managed to defend the lone goal. Both
sides finished with 10 men on the field after Mkandawire and Eagles’ Phillip Masiye were given marching orders by Fifa referee Duncan
Lengani for exchanging blows on the field.
Before the send-offs, there was some confusion as Bullets fans sitting on the south-eastern terraces pelted objects on the pitch in response to Masiye’s attack on Mkandawire, who started the fight after being dropped down by the Eagles’ players.
Speaking after the final whistle, Eagles’ coach Deklerk Msakakuona refused to throw in the towel, saying anything could happen in the
“We are remaining with six games and Bullets have five matches to play. Anything can happen in these games,” said
Msakakuona, who was without key players like- Mecium Mhone, John Banda, John Malidadi Junior and Elia Kabingu.
Bullets’ caretaker coach Nsazurwimo Ramadhan said the win had boosted his team’s chances of winning the title.
“It was not an easy game. We were playing against a team that is in the top three and the single goal we have scored has proved very vital because we are now 10 points above Blue Eagles,” said Ramadhan.
With the win, Bullets have now jumped to 50 points from 23 games, six ahead of second placed Moyale Barracks who have played the same number of games and 10 above the cops who have a game in hand.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Silver Strikers crashed Mafco 3-1 at Chitowe Stadium with Blantyre United shocking Mighty Wanderers 1-0 to move two steps from the bottom.
On Sunday, the ‘People’s team’ travels to Dedza for a date against struggling soldiers Kamuzu Barracks while Eagles head for the cane
fields in Dwangwa for a tough fixture against Mafco. Moyale will have a mountain to climb as they visit defending league champions Silver Strikers.