Champions Big Bullets came from behind to force a 1-1 draw against relegation threatened Dedza Young Soccer in an exciting TNM Super League encounter played on Sunday afternoon at the Dedza Stadium.
Young Soccer opened the score-sheet seven minutes into the game through a header from Fletcher Bandawe.
Dave Ng’ambi equalised for Bullets in the 29th minute following a goal mouth scramble.
Dedza with massive support from the home fans kept on pilling pressure on Bullets and nearly took the lead moments later.
Bandawe’s long range effort hit the wood work with Chimwemwe Kumkwawa already beaten to the ground.
In the second half, both sides made some changes in search of a winning goal which never came.
But Dedza strikers were the major culprits in misfiring comparing to Bullets who never created many scoring opportunities.
Dedza introduced Chisomo Gilion in the 53rd minute replacing Henry Msintho and later brought in Dave Balaka.
The two were impressive but did little to hand the Super League debutants the winning goal.
Bullets also brought in Jafali Chande and veteran Fischer Kondowe for Mussa Manyenje and Dave Ng’ambi respectively but yielded nothing.
Bullets players showed some signs of fatigue since they had another tough and thrilling encounter against Epac FC on Saturday which they won at the Civo Stadium 1-0.
By the end of 90 minutes, it was Dedza Young Soccer 1 Bullets FC 1.
The scorer for Dedza Young Soccer goal Bandawe was voted man of the match.
In a post match interview, Bullets Team Manager Rahim Ishmael hailed their opponents for displaying excellent type of football.
He however expressed satisfaction with the four points they have managed to collect in the central region.
“The game was good and fantastic. The crowd filled the whole stadium and Dedza played well; they are a small side but good and drawing with a big team like Bullets is not easy” Ishmael told reporters after the match.
“They were playing at home and never disappointed their fans,” added the Bullets Team Manager.
On his part, Young Soccer coach Millias Pofera Jegwe said they deserved to win the match having created several scoring opportunities.
“We were supposed to win this game becaused we created several chances. I can’t say I am satisified (with the draw) but a point gained is better than none” said Pofera Jegwe.
With the draw, Big Bullets maintain the top spot with 51 points.
Other Sunday fixtures: At the Nankhaka Stadium, Blue Eagles thumped visiting Azam Tiger 3-1 thanks to a Wister Phiri hat trick. Yamikani Chester scored the consolation goal for Azam Tigers.
Silver Strikers gave away a 2-0 lead to salvage a 2-2 draw against Kamuzu Barracks.
Blessings Tembo put the Bankers ahead and Peter Wadabwa netted the second while Kamuzu Barracks scored their goals through Harvey Nkacha and Zinjani Yona.
At the Balaka Stadium Mafco came from behind to thump Red Lions 3-1 courtesy of Hassan Chapola, Calisto Kalinda and Maurice Chiumia goals.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :