Big Bullets were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against Moyale Barracks in the TNM Super League as they failed to find a late winner at Mzuzu Stadium on Sunday.
Deus Nkutu had opened the scoring for the Kaning’ina soldiers but Chiukepo Msowoya found an equaliser just before half-time and the Peoples team winner looked inevitable as they enjoyed total domination after the interval.
The home team dominated the game in the first 20 minutes through the likes of Chrispin Fukizi, Robert Simkonda and Luka Muyawa but lacked the killer punch upfront.
However, the tempo of the game changed towards the end of the first half as Bullets dominated the ball possession without showing too many signs of coming up with an equaliser as Moyale defended with tenacity, while retaining a threat at the other end.
But just when it seemed as though Moyale would reach the break with their lead intact, Msowoya finally took advantage of the space out wide to level the scores in first-half stoppage time.
Picking up the ball on the left, he danced beyond the retreating Lameck Thindwa before cutting inside past Moyale keeper and firing a low shot into the far corner.
Both sides tried to secure the winning goal but to no avail.
Moyale assistant coach Themba Ntontholo accused the referee of being incompetent.
“I have never seen a worst referee since l started coaching. If our referees will continue officiating games the way this one handled this match then lam sorry to say our football will never develop,” said Ntontholo.
Echoing Ntontholos remarks on the referee was Big Bullets technical director Billy Tewesa.
Tewesa said: “I think some of these referees favour teams from their region otherwise the officiation was poor.”
Bullets draw on Sunday against Moyale means they have returned to Blantyre from Mzuzu with 2 points having drawn 1-1 the previous day against Mzuni.
They are now overtaken Mighty Wanderers of the summit of the table with a point ahead and a game more.
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