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.
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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