Salima based soldiers Mafco F.C on Satursday maintained their TNM Super League top spot and extended their title hopes of clinching the league after clobbering Bullets F.C 1-0 at a jam packed Chitowe Stadium.
Bullets gave their supporters false hopes as they dominated the entire first half but were not sharp enough upfront to find the back of the net.
Mafco had little flashes though they managed to win a corner kick in the opening three minute plus knocking at Bullets goal twice but Vincent Gona in goals helped the reds.
Heston Munthali led the Bullets frontline alongside Diverson “Agogo” Mlozi who was a mere passanger.
Mafco talisman Calisto Kalinda could not wear his scoring boots as he was tightly marked by Bullets defenders marshalled by George Nyirenda alongside Chikumbutso Kanyenda and Douglas Chirambo.
First half ended 0-0 with little to write about.
In the second half, Mafco looked a rejuvenated side launching some fierce attacks.
Striker Richard Mbulu made a number of clever runs upfront but his efforts went off target.
In the 60th minute Richard Mbulu gave Mafco’s the lead after he was nicely set by Calisto Kalinda.
Kalinda again orchestrated the second goal scored in a stylish manner by Saidi Mtekama.
This resulted into Big Bullets players chasing their own shadows in search of goals.
Bullets Coach Gerald Phiri was forced to make his first substitution introducing Brown Mizeyi resting Henry Kabichi.
Saturday’s results means Mafco are still at the summit of the table with 48 points followed by defending champions Silver Strikers who have 47 points having thrashed Mzuzu United 6-0 the Silver Stadium.
Speaking after the match, Mafco coach Stereo Gondwe said: “I am happy with the win and am delighted that we are leading the table.” =
“We will make sure that we win our last game and we will take it as a cup final,” said Gondwe.
His counterpart Gerald Phiri said he was disappointed.
“It is always difficult to win when you are coming from a loss but let me accept that we have lost, we played well but we didn’t score,” said Phiri.
He said Bullets hopes of winning the title are completely shattered.
“Our title hopes are completely shattered but we will try to win our remaining games so that at least we finish at a better position” he added.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :