Big Bullets came off the ropes to secure a draw against Mafco FC in the TNM Super League on Sunday at the Kamuzu Stadium.
The game ended 1-1 with the visitors being first to score through Patrick Masanjala before Jimmy Zakazaka’s equalizer on the spot kick after a Mafco defender handled the ball inside the box.
The ‘peoples team’ still stands proudly at pole position with 28 points with a game against Blue Eagles before wrapping up the first round as leaderss.
The Salima based out-fit stormed at Bullets territory in early stages, especially through Saidi Mtekama and Calisto Kalinda but they were not confident enough in front of Vincent Gona in Bullets goals.
Mafco worked their possession every-which-way, to and fro, across the sun light pitch and nearly took the lead in the first minute but their goal was ruled offside.
Mtekama, who was a marvel to watch despite not being chosen man of the match, danced past a forest of defenders but before he could provide the final flourish, Chikumbutso Kanyenda appeared from nowhere to tame him.
The Peoples team first real chance came in the 24th minute when slippery Tizyowere Kumwenda drilled two defenders before passing the ball to Zakazaka, who shot wide.
In the second half both teams fashioned out a plethora of chances, but failed to make them count as the stadium which was almost packed to capacity, oozed anxiety .
Bullets’s Zakazaka twice failed to put the ball at the back of the net after slicing the Soldiers rear guard.
However, it must be noted that Bullets struggled a lot on the midfield where they were using two attacking midfielders namely Dalitso Silva and Henry Kabichi with the absence of injured James Chilapondwa.
After the final whistle, Mafco FC Coach Stereo Gondwe had no kind words for the officiating personnel’s describing them as pathetic.
“Both teams played good football but the officiating team failed us. If we continue officiating matches is such a pathetic way then football will never develop in this country,” lamented Gondwe.
Big Bullets coach Elijah Kananji said his team struggled on the midfield with the absence of Chilapondwa but hailed his boys for managing to come back from behind.
Kananji admitted his side had been run ragged at time by Mafco.
“It’s been very frustrating but the team did fantastically well to come back,” he said.
In another game which took place in Nchalo, Azam Tigers came from behind to draw 1-1 against Chikwawa United.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :