Bullets salvage draw with Tigers: Malawi TNM Super League

Big Bullets came from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw with Azam Tigers on Thursday in the elite TNM Super League at the Kamuzu Stadium reducing their chances of closing the gap with the leaders Blue Eagles.

The Kau-Kau boys scored their first goal in the 11th minute through Lawrence Milanzi after an intelligent short from the right flank leaving Owen Chaima helpless to the satisfaction of Bullets fans, who showered nasty words from the terraces.

However, the Peoples team responded through their versatile midfielder Chimango Kayira, who connected a well curved cross from Douglas Chirambo before he applied a clinical finish.

Bullets, who started with Fischer Kondowe and James Chilapondwa on the bench pushed for a winning goal before recess time but Henry Kabichi and Heston Munthali shot off target several times.

Air time: Bullets striker tussles with Azam goalie. -Phto by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

In the 36th minute, Douglas Chirambo managed to pass through two Tigers players before passing a juicy cross to Kabichi, who headed over the bar with Tigers yawning goal after the goalkeeper was already beaten.

The Kau-Kau Boys displayed some fantastic football towards the end of the first half but their main problem was upfront where their strikers were jittery and at times wasteful.

Tempers flared as the game progressed when Azam Tigers technical panel comprised of Coach Leo Mpulula and technical advisor Robin Alufandika descended on the first assistant referee accusing him of favouring Bullets.

In the second half both teams failed to break the deadlock.

Bullets coach Edington Ng’onamo was disappointed with the outcome of the game describing it a set back to their title campaign.

“We created many chances than Tigers but we could not score, and the ending result is a draw which is bad to us. The main problem was upfront where we failed to score despite clear chances,” he said.

He, however, assured the Peoples team fans that they will bounce back in their next feature.

Azam Tigers mentor Leo Mpulula attributed their draw to lack of composure on the part of his strikers but saluted the entire squad for containing Bullets.

“In the second half Big Bullets came hard on us but thanks to my boys for standing the heat. A draw is not bad and l have confidence that we will put up a gallant fight in our next assignment,” he said.

Game in progress…..Photo Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times
Tigers goalkeeper giving instructions….Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Tight marking on Fischer Kondowe…Photo Jeromy Kadewere
The ball in Big Bullets net……Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Heston Munthali left the field of play injured….Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Tigers players celebrating a goal….Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Big Bullets fans celebrating a goal….Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Kau-Kau players dejected after the match, they wanted a win.-Photo By Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

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