Missed opportunity for Big Bullets to dislodge Red Lions on the summit table in the elite TNM Super League on Saturday when they were clobbered 3-2 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, gifting the Zomba based soldiers a chance to extend their lead in the campaign for the title.
The Lions , who sit proudly at the top of the table with a five-point cushion on 40 points from 22 games, were first to open the score sheet through Innocent Bokosi after poor communication from Big Bullets defenders and their goalkeeper Owen Chaima.
However, the Peoples Team piled up pressure to the soldiers until Diverson Mlozi equalized for the home side.
Bullets, who were strong on the right flank where Fischer Kondowe was operating tried all their tricks to score the second goal but their striking force which was comprised of Mlozi and Henry Kabichi was not good enough to threaten the Lions.
On the other hand, Red Lions were a little bit jittery towards the end of the first half as they mis-fired a lot of scoring opportunities.
On recess time it was 1-1.
Come second half, the Lions roared with two quick goals from Kumbukani Mwambene and Pearson Mphanje to the delight of the ganyu fans,who chanted, “Mtengo wolephera nyani pusi sangaukwere” (Meaning if Mighty Wanderers failed to beat Red Lions then Big Bullets can’t prune the Lions either.)
After the Lions two quick goals, Big Bullets went to sleep as they panicked from defence, midfield and upfront.
In defence, George Nyirenda, Sankhani Mkandawire and Douglas Chirambo failed to stamp the authority leaving Owen Chaima helpless as he made several silly blunders.
The Peoples Team frustrations were spotted when Mlozi twice was involved in exchange bitter words with Red Lions players.
The pint-sized striker was seen exchanging words with a Red Lions defender but thanks to the referee pacified the situation.
The physicall game also saw Big Bullets left back Douglas Chirambo playing the entire match with a bandage wrapped up in his head which was bleeding to the dismay of many spectators that the referee could not spot the blood.
A sigh of relief to the Biafra stands came in the dying minutes when Chimango Kayira scored the second goal after man of the match in the Lions goal Jacob Ngwira fumbled the ball.
The final whistle broke all Big Bullets fans hearts, who many of them could believe their eyes as they remained in the stands.
Bullets assistant coach Gerald Phiri was heart broken describing the out-come as a missed opportunity to go top of the league.
“We have lost to a well organized team which in my views deserve even to win the title. To us we have lost a chance to dislodge Red Lions on the top slot,” said Phiri.
Red Lions coach Mike Kumanga said:”Come rain or sunshine we want to win the title and with God we will do it. Let me also salute my troops for a job well done.”
In Balaka, the People’s Team’s arch-rivals Mighty Wanderers drew 0-0 with bottom-placed Mzuzu United to remain fifth on 34 points.
Down the lower Shire, a lone goal from Clement Ng’ombe was enough for Azam Tigers to silence Evirom FC.
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