Dalitso Sailesi grabbed a late equaliser as Big Bullets earned a thrilling 2-2 draw with defending champions Silver Strikers at Kamuzu Stadium in a match which set the TNM Super League on fire, and bodes well for a thrilling title race.
By the end, there was unmistakable disappointment on Silver coach Stain Chirwa’s face about the Bankers failure to capitalise on those goals from Ndaziona Chatsalira and brilliantly Mada Chiumia that had turned the game
upside down in the injury time.
Dalitso Sailesi’s late goal in the injury time ultimately spared Big Bullets a first defeat at Kamuzu Stadium but they still had time to hit the post twice during that wild, chaotic finale when their opponents seemed to be doing everything possible to secure a win.
The bankers limped to the finish but it would be unfair to reproach them too heavily when, earlier in the game, they had played as though affronted by their record against the top sides.
The Peoples team played with high skill and intensity and, more than that, they had to show considerable personality after going in behind from Chatsalira’s breakaway goal.
After Chatsalira’s goal, Bullets found it difficult to get any momentum back.
Lucky Malata was a formidable opponent, as he always is in the big games, and Chatsalira nimble artistry between midfield and attack frequently troubled the home side.
It was a test of Bullets character and, midway through the second half, they passed it with distinction.
Henry Kabichi’s equalised a few minutes later after running on to Dalitso Sailesi pass, eluding Lameck Kachimanga’s and clipping a lovely diagonal shot above Blessings Kameza and what followed was sensational.
This was one of Kabichi’s better performances from Bullets and it was a majestic shot with which he gave Bullets fans a breather, even if Kameza might have done better.
It was just a pity for the bankers that everything started to unravel from that point.
Chirwa talked of conceding a “cheap goal” and he must have been startled by the carelessness
of his team in the moments before and after Sailesi thudded a long shot past Kameza straight from a corner.
“We did something remarkable to score first,” Chirwa said. “The only disappointment for me is that we couldn’t keep the lead.”
However, Chirwa also blamed fatigue after his team also played Blantyre United on Saturday.
Big Bullets coach Elijah Kananji hailed his boys for the come back and vows to accelerate the gear in their next game.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :