Tempers flare as Bullets, Eagles draw: Malawi TNM Super League

Malawi TNM Super League leaders Big Bullets and their closest rival in the campaign, Blue Eagles drew 1-1 on Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre in a fiery match mid bitter accusations of diving, intimidation and dubious penalty.

Blue Eagles players protesting to the referee for awarding a penalty to Bullets.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Blue Eagles players protesting to the referee for awarding a penalty to Bullets…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Dalitso Sailesi in action....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Dalitso Sailesi in action….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Its a goal for Bullets.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Its a goal for Bullets…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Mecium Mhone was sent for an early shower....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Mecium Mhone was sent for an early shower….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Stewarts protecting the referee from Blue Eagles angry players.....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Stewarts protecting the referee from Blue Eagles angry players…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Eagles soared high when they were first to open the score sheet through Charles Ngosi after Bullets defence failed to clear the ball in the box.

Thereafter, Bullets equalized towards the end of the game on a spot kick through James Chilapondwa after a ball was judged to have been handed in the box.

There was an exchange of bitter words between players of the two sides and the referee that led to Eagles captain Mecium Mhone being shown a red card.

Blue Eagles mobbed referee to protest against the penalty they felt was not supposed to be given owing to the circumstances the ball went to hand of their player.

The game was also rocked with hard tackles and one of the casualties was Bullets striker Tizowere Kumwenda, who limped off from the field of play.

Bullets, are still basking comfortably on the summit table with 28 points at the end of the first round.

After the game, Blue Eagles coach Deklek Nsakakuwona blamed the referee for awarding Bullets what he described as a dubious penalty.

“We have been robbed of victory, the referee has clearly donated one point to Bullets. It’s disappointing,” said Nsakakuwona.

Big Bullets coach Elijah Kananji praised his charges for securing a vital point coming from behind.

“Our players continue to show fantastic character in the way the fight back in the game,” said Kananji.

In another encounter, Mighty Wanderers clipped Airborne Rangers 1 – 0 courtesy of Sparrow Msowoya.

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