MTV Max Bullets draw with Karonga United:  Malawi TNM Super League

Karonga United missed the chance to earn first victory in the TNM Super League  after they were held 1-1 by MTV Max Bullets on Saturday at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

Part of the action...Photo Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Part of the action…Photo Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Max Bullets score....Photo Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Max Bullets score….Photo Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Max Bullets coach Travor Kajawa giving instructions...Photo Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Max Bullets coach Travor Kajawa giving instructions…Photo Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Making a cross...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Making a cross…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

They all battled  to a deserved point -Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

They all battled to a deserved point -Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Karonga United players

Karonga United players

Max Bullets...Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Max Bullets…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Holfon Mwafulirwa  put the visitors  ahead  in the 25th minute after recess time, and the hosts squandered several opportunities before substitute Wongani Zulu  secured a point.

The home team  could have won the game when Mayeso Mphanje  capitalised on an error from Maneno Nyoni, but a last-ditch tackle from Steve Msiska foiled everything.

However, Max Bullets have themselves to blame for failing to secure victory, as they dominated the first half but lacked the killer punch upfront.

For instance, on several occasions, Precious Msosa  headed Robson Banda’s  free-kick over the bar, while Karonga keeper  smartly denied Msosa  after a neat one-two with Mayeso Mphanje.

In the second half, the visitors had an  attempt on target in a lethargic opening half as they controlled more than 75 per cent possession but laboured in the  Kamuzu Stadium   sun.

Max Bullets, however,  missed several chances after the break , with Precious Msosa, who was substituted for Wongani Zulu  guilty.

The  towering striker  fluffed a header after a fine cross from Mphanje , before Robson Banda  struck straight at Karonga keeper with their strikers waiting for the cross.

The visitors  then sent a free-kick narrowly wide as they  pushed for a second, and Max Bullets goalkeeper  saved bravely from Gule Mwaisope  after a poor clearance from Max Bullets sweeper.

Max Bullets responded quickly, when they served warning of their threat when Wongani Zulu’s header forced a fine stop from Chimwemwe Kasambara.

Bullets piled forward in search of the winner, but  Karonga  had the best opportunity to steal the victory towards the end of the game .

A mistake from Max Bullets defenders allowed Mwaisope into the penalty area, and only their sweeper’s covering tackle denied the visitors  a tap-in.

Boos for the home side from the ganyu fans were audible at the final whistle following their failure to secure maximum points despite dominating the game.

On Sunday, Karonga United will play Wizards FC at Kamuzu Stadium.

 

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