Azam Tigers put up a spirited fight with a weel-discipline defensive displat to frustrate Big Bullets to a 1-1 draw on Sunday in the TNM Super League at Kamuzu Stadium.
The ‘Peoples Team’, who missed the services of their two key defenders, Sankhani Mkandawire and Pilirani Zonda were first to open the score sheet in the 5th minute of the match through a powerful header from Diverson Mlozi.
Bullets dominated the game in this half, as the likes of Henry Kabichi and Jelesi Lufeyo stood firmly on the middle of the park.
However, Bullets was also sharp on the right flank, where veteran Fischer Kondowe was a marvel to watch with his well curved crosses.
Kondowe supplied good crosses to Mlozi and Mussa Manyenje, who failed to ultilise them as they riggid inside the danger zone.
Manyenje, who is yet to score since the kick-off of the league, was the main culprit as he shot wide several times with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Coach Elijah Kananji had no choice than to replace Manyenje for Jimmy Zakazaka but goals were still drought.
Tigers accelerated their gear in the second with players like Frazer Menyani and Malumbo Gondwe on top of their game.
Bullets went to sleep in this half, as Tigers was coming wave after wave until 3 minutes in the injury time when defender Bashir Maunde made a crude tackle on Menyani before a penalty was awarded to the Kau-Kau Boys.
An equalizer for Tigers send ganyu supporters, who sat on Mighty Wanderers stand to chant, “Ayilira ayilira.”
Kananji blamed complacent on part of his players towards the end of the game.
“My players lost concentration towards the end of the game, otherwise we could have won that match,” said Kananji.
He said it was frustrating to lose two points because the title campaign has reached at the critical time.
His opposite number of Azam Tigers, Franco Ndawa praised his charges for an equalizer and said he was impressed with their performance.
“I am impressed with the performance of my boys and it was just unfortunate not to win that game because we were a better side than Bullets,” said Ndawa.
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