Malawi champions Big Bullets failed to inspire when they were held to a frustrating one-all draw to Red Lions at the Zomba Community Centre ground on Sunday afternoon in the TNM Super League match.
The champions needed a win to be at the summit of the table were frustrated when they could not collect three points against 10 men Zomba-based soldiers.
Lions were reduced to 10 players when Chikoti Chirwa was sent for an early shower for allegedly protesting against referee Dennis Ngulube’s decision in the left flank of the field.
With one man advantage, Bullets had to get a goal advantage late in the game, in the 85 minutes when Chiukepo Msowoya’s shot was too hot to handle for Lions custodian Jacob Kaunda.
As Bullets were almost celebrating victory, Red Lions snatched an equaliser in added time when Kumbukani Mwambene free kick from far right of the field was well saved by Owen Chaima only to get the hovering Mwambene who duly dispatched the ball into the net
Bullets team manager Billy Tewesa said the champions “did everything to win but we were unfortunate to concede late.”
Lions coach Prichard Mwansa protested against the red card to his skipper, saying the referee was harsh as the player was only drawing attention to his protest over a decision.
“I think the red card was too harsh and affected our game plan. This was our game to win,” he said.
The result means Bullets is still stuck on the third positions while Red Lions is now occupying sixth position on the log table.